On the Exam: AN SC 497B, Companion Animal Behavior

istock-000004416699small.jpgEvery summer and fall students have the opportunity to take companion animal courses. AN SC 497B, companion animal behavior, is offered every spring to resident students at University Park. An Sc 215, Pets in Society, is offered as a resident course in the spring and online in the summer and fall through the World Campus. The online course is so popular that it always has a waiting list.

Course creator and instructor in small animal sciences Nancy Dreschel shared a few questions used in some of her exams. Check your knowledge in this area.

1. Which of the following is a distance-increasing behavior in dogs?

a. Play bow
b. Tail moving in whirling circles
c. Intent stare
d. Hip nudge
e. None of the above

    2. Which of the following is not included in Raymond Coppinger’s theory of dog domestication?

    a. Dogs were domesticated from wolves
    b. The ancestors of dogs were attracted to human garbage sites
    c. Canine ancestor puppies were adopted by primitive man and tamed
    d. Canine ancestors with the shortest flight distance had the highest chance of survival
    e. None of the above; they’re all included in his theory.

      1. C. The others (a, b, d) are distance-decreasing behaviors.
      2. C. Coppinger believes that humans created a new ecological niche that dog ancestors with short flight distances were able to fill. In order to tame wolves, they must be removed from their mother at less than two weeks of age and bottle-fed.

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