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Dogs take part in a rattlesnake avoidness training in Knights Landing last year. Jim Smith-Daily Democrat file photographs

Dogs take part in a rattlesnake avoidness training in Knights Landing last year. Jim Smith-Daily Democrat file photographs

NSTRA and Get Rattled will hold a Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic in Knights Landing this April.

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As the weather gets colder, one creative way to warm up is to snuggle with a cuddly canine. So, next time there’s a chill in the air, build a fire, grab a blanket and get cozy with one of these affectionate breeds!

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that dogs are individuals and not all Bichons and Great Danes will want to snuggle with you.

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By Cara Meyers on November 19, 2014

(DOGS/ANIMAL PICTURES) With all the slobbering and fur, big dogs tend to get a bad rap. The way we see it, the more dog, the more love they have to give.

Below are some fun facts about our favorite large dog breeds—Great Danes, Newfoundlands, St.

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Finally! A (somewhat) definitive guide to the most overrated and underrated dog breeds:

dog chart 3

dog chart 3

(David McCandless/Knowledge is Beautiful)

This chart, from David McCandless' fascinating new book Knowledge is Beautiful, ranks 87 dog breeds and compares those rankings to the actual popularity of those breeds in the US.

The ranking is based on a number of factors: trainability, life expectancy, lifetime cost (including the price of food and grooming), and suitability for children, among others.

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A variety of factors go into determining the rates attached to pet insurance—a quickly growing product that’s now attracting the attention of industry entrepreneurs and regulators—not the least of which is a dog’s breed.

Certain breeds are more prone to illnesses and health conditions, while others—whether unfairly or not—are thought to be involved in more attacks against humans other animals.

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By Pet360.com

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With busy work days and packed weekend schedules, sometimes we all need to take a cue from our pups and do one thing - relax. While it may seem impossible to calm down and chill out for some people (and dogs!), others can hit the "relax" button fairly quickly.

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