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. Why is it important to ask a breeder about a dog's lineage?

2. Why are humans hardwired to find babies adorable, according to McConnell?

3. What is the name of the book by Marc Hauser McConnell discusses?

4. Why does McConnell advise against purchasing a dog from a puppy mill?

5. Why is a treat more appreciated for a reward than a pet on the head according to McConnell?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is rehoming and why is it sometimes necessary?

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

3. What have studies found about an owner grieving over a pet, and why is it significant?

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

5. Why does McConnell state that prospective owners should not be impressed by show dog-type breeds?

6. What are the types of individuals in social hierarchies, and which type has the most aggression?

7. How does McConnell's views on social hierarchy differ from other scientists, and how is it important?

8. What are the two top factors prospective owners make in choosing a dog, and why are they erroneous?

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

10. What is the sensitive period in a dog's life, and why is it important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast human and canine sense perception.

1) How many sense receptors do humans have? How many do dogs?

2) What senses do humans use the most? What senses do dogs use the most?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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