The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Patricia McConnell
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can an owner make themselves the object of a chase?

2. McConnell suggests sniffing different parts of the house, plants, books, bedsheets, in order to determine what?

3. According to McConnell, what does the episode with the dog who lunges at her illustrate the importance of for an owner and trainer?

4. What is the first step a person should do in order to ingratiate her or himself with a dog?

5. Whose nostrils can move independently from their face?

Short Essay Questions

1. What biological and anatomical differences are their between humans and dogs in terms of smell, and why is it significant for owners and trainers?

2. What is the "guy-with-the-gold-chain" hypothesis and what does it signify?

3. What do the steps in teaching a dog how to come illustrate about training dogs?

4. Why does McConnell suggest that paedomorphism accounts for human and dog bonding?

5. What point does McConnell make in relating her experience with the aggressive mastiff?

6. Why does McConnell recommend that a dog owner wear a hat around the house, and what is her larger point?

7. According to McConnell, what physical behaviors should people pay the most attention to in a dog and why?

8. How should an owner house train her or his dog?

9. Why does McConnell advise against taking a ball from a dog's mouth, and why is it important?

10. What myth do humans perpetuate about how dogs respond to them, and what does it signify?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose three dogs from the book and discuss them as characters. What are their physical and psychological attributes? What purpose do their stories serve for McConnell's argument?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the purpose and function of affection in the book. Compare and contrast the ways in which humans and dogs both perceive and express affection.

Essay Topic 3

Using McConnell's observations from the book, compare and contrast wolves and dogs. How does each behave in packs? What do they share in terms of ancestry? How are they different?

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