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. According to McConnell, how do dogs feel about humans petting them?

2. According to McConnell, humans are "living, breathing _____machine guns."

3. How many scent receptors do humans have?

4. What is one way humans can teach dogs to see them as familiar and not a stranger?

5. How can a person tell if a dog is threatening or submissive?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What story does McConnell relate about a dog's memory for smell, and why is it significant?

3. How do dogs interpret loud voices and what does it signify?

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

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

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

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

8. What is Motherese and why is it significant?

9. How does an owner temper a body block and why is it important?

10. What is habituation and why does it present a challenge for trainers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

McConnell's discussion of dogs provides insight into how humans and animals deal with conflict.

1) Provide five examples of conflict from the book and the resolution of each.

2) Discuss how people can learn from dog training to resolve conflict in everyday life.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relationship between physical space and the body in the book. How important are physical movements in terms of training? How do dogs perceive physical space?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss qualities that make a good leader, according to McConnell. How do these leadership qualities pertain to effective dog training and hare they relevant to everyday life?

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