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. What is one example of a dog who cannot be cooped up in a city apartment?

2. Besides giving a dog a command to wait at the door, what else does McConnell suggest an owner do?

3. What are elephants famous for in the way they respond to death?

4. Should an owner choose a breed if she or he wants a personality?

5. What is an "alpha rollover"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why should owners not expect a dog to behave in the same way no matter what the environment?

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

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

4. How should an owner teach a dog to wait patiently at the door?

5. Why is a bored dog a dangerous dog?

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

7. In what circumstances is a dog wrong for a home and what are the consequences?

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

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

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

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 social hierarchy in dogs. Define and discuss the roles of alpha, omega, and beta dogs in packs. How fluid are packs in terms of social hierarchy?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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