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The Ultimate Dogs at Work Quiz
by Staff
Have you ever wondered why people say "a dog is man's best friend"? There are good genetic reasons for such noble behavior. Take this quiz to learn why dogs are such loyal and helpful creatures .

How is the domestic dog classified?

  • canis familiaris
  • canis dirus
  • canis edwardii

In which way are dogs far superior to humans?

  • in their sense of hygiene
  • in their sense of smell
  • in their sense of friendship

How many scent receptors do dogs have in their noses?

  • 5 million
  • 100 million
  • 200 million

A dog's sense of hearing is also more acute than that of humans. A dog can hear a sound about how many times farther away than a person?

  • 2
  • 4
  • 6

Why are dogs preferred to other animals for working with humans?

  • due to their size
  • due to their behavior
  • both of the above

Dogs are used to detect certain substances due to their acute sense of smell. Dogs are taught to detect a specific odor from up to _____ meters away.

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

What determines whether a dog is appropriate for the role of a sniffer dog?

  • the breed of the dog
  • the fitness of the dog
  • eagerness of the dog

Which breed of dogs is generally used for detecting illegal agricultural products brought into airports?

  • Beagles
  • German shepherds
  • Belgian Malinois

How can dogs be used to rid your house of termites?

  • Termites are afraid of dogs.
  • Dogs can sniff termites.
  • Dogs like to eat termites.

How did dogs help after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995?

  • They comforted people in shock.
  • They helped to remove rubble.
  • They searched for victims in the rubble.

What is the first part of training for search-and-rescue dogs?

  • an obedience course
  • an obstacle course
  • a course to develop their sense of smell

Why do dogs typically move back and forth across an area they are sniffing?

  • because they are unsure where the scent leads
  • because they get distracted by surrounding smells
  • because smells spread around an area

Where do police dogs live?

  • in a dog compound at the police station
  • with the officer they work with
  • with private owners

What is different about the training of a guide dog for the blind?

  • They are trained to ignore an owner's command.
  • They are taught to obey all commands.
  • They are taught to behave in public areas.

Some dogs are trained to help people with hearing disabilities. From where are these dogs recruited?

  • the home of the deaf person
  • a breeder
  • a pet shop

What is unique about the training for a hearing-ear dog?

  • The dogs perform commands using sign-language.
  • The dogs learn to perform tasks without a command.
  • The dogs learn to perform tasks that require fine motor skills.

How many tasks dose a dog trained to assist physically disabled people learn to perform?

  • 20 - 40
  • 40 - 60
  • 60 - 80

With which of the following conditions can dogs play a helpful role?

  • epilepsy
  • diabetes
  • autism

What physical effect do dogs assisting the blind, deaf or physically disabled have on their owners?

  • they increase muscle tension
  • they increase their breathing rate
  • they slow their heart rate

In what year was the Canine Genome Initiative launched?

  • 1982
  • 1992
  • 2002