The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs Test | Final 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, do all dogs enjoy petting?

2. Who will spend an hour on grooming, according to McConnell?

3. Why is it important to consider a dog's personality when choosing a breed?

4. According to McConnell, what human behavior signals to a dog that the human is NOT in control?

5. Besides chimps, who are our closest primate relatives?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the theory of benevolent leadership?

2. How do primates socialize that not all dogs may appreciate?

3. How can a person gauge a puppy's personality before she or he adopts or buys one?

4. Why is a working breed ill-suited to live in an apartment in a city, according to McConnell?

5. Why do behavior problems arise when dogs are always given what they want?

6. What choice does McConnell say that an owner has in terms of leadership, and why is it significant?

7. What are the differences between the way humans and dogs show affection, and why is it significant?

8. What does McConnell sometimes advocate for an owner to startle a dog?

9. How does a dog interpret being petted on the top of the head, and why is it significant?

10. What are puppy mills?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss dog training in the book by choosing five commands and illustrating step-by-step how to dog to learn them. Then, discuss the overall approach from a critical standpoint. What does dog training reveal about the way humans learn? Are they comparable?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose four breeds and discuss their attributes, including physical traits, temperament, country of origin, what each was bred for, and their ideal home.

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