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Pet of the Week: The pygmy goat

Who's this gruff little character? Not so gruff, actually. The pygmy goat is the diminutive cousin of your standard domestic goat. They are fun, friendly and easy to keep, for many reasons.

Your Questions: How can I make sure my 7-year-old Labradoodle gets on well with our new puppy?

Q. I have a very well-behaved 7-year-old Labradoodle. She is great and has been part of the family since she was a puppy. We are getting a new puppy which is exciting and worrying at the same time. How can we make sure that all runs smoothly? Lee, London

Your Questions: Are guinea pigs easy to look after?

Q. We recently went to see the new Disney film 'G-Force' and now my children want guinea pigs. Are they easy to look after? Do they need much attention? Margaret, via e-mail

Pet of the week: The leopard gecko

Who's this wriggly customer? The leopard gecko is one of the most popular reptiles in captivity. As its name suggests, it is decorated with black spots similar to those of a leopard, and it is mainly creamy or yellowy in colour. All this, of course, provides vital camouflage in the wild, but due to selective breeding in captivity the leopard gecko is now available in all sorts of colours, or morphs.

Your Questions: How can I teach my labrador to jump into the car boot?

Q. I have an 11-month-old Labrador and I have been getting him into the car boot by lifting him. He's starting to get very heavy, however, and does not seem to want to jump in. When will he start doing it and how can I teach him? Debbie, via email

Your Questions: Could my new puppy get injured by creepy crawlies on our countryside walks?

Q. I've just got a new puppy and can't wait to take it for long walks, in town and in the country. However, I'm worried about some of the creepy crawlies we might encounter and what to do if he gets injured. Isabella, Suffolk

Pet of the week: The bee

What's the buzz? This summer, if you want to get a low-maintenance "pet" with a free spirit who won't constantly be craving affection, then you need to start considering taking up beekeeping. Natural colonies in the wild have been all but wiped out, and whole species are under attack from a mite with a name more becoming of a cartoon villain – the Varroa Mite. Add to this the allegedly harmful effects of pesticides used in intensive farming, which get fed back into the hives, and it is easy to see how the bee population has been whittled away. It is only thanks to the efforts of beekeepers around the country that we have any bees in Britain at all. A sobering thought.

Your Questions: How do I get my six-month old pug to stop humping everything?

Q. I have a six-month-old pug called Harry. I've had him since he was 10 weeks old and he's done the normal puppy things. But lately he's started to hump everything, mostly other dogs – male or female – voraciously and with no mercy! And now he's starting to chase other dogs for this purpose. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid I'm going to be banned from the park – help! Jocelyn, Wimbledon

Pet of the week: The ferret

Who's this funny little fellow? He's a ferret, traditionally the beloved companion of farmers throughout the land, though more recently he has been co-opted by people seeking an inquisitive, if rather pesky pet. In days of yore, the ferret would have been used as a highly efficient and ruthless vermin catcher. Nowadays, he's more likely to be found rummaging around in your sock drawer.

Your Questions: Are wheels dangerous for pet mice?

Q. I've recently bought a new pet mouse. He is lovely and enjoys running around in his cage. When a friend came to visit she told me that his wheel is dangerous. Is this true and if so how else can I give him exercise? Benjamin, via e-mail

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Your Questions: 'How can I make the best of my dog's twilight years?'

Q. In the past few months I've noticed changes in our beloved 11-year-old Labrador. I've only just realised that he is getting older and I don't know how to deal with it. What will happen to him in his twilight years and how can I make sure he makes the best of them? Pat, Edinburgh

Pet of the week: The Goliath Birdeater

Who is this fearsome-looking beast? Theraphosa blondi, the largest mygalomorph there is, with a leg span equivalent to a small dinner plate (up to 12 inches). This is most definitely not an itsy-bitsy spider, climbing up the wall. In fact, he is so heavy that climbing up walls is probably not an option, being as he weighs more than your average mouse.

Your Questions: How can I stop my cat climbing trees?

Q. My cat has taken to climbing up the tree. But when he gets up there he doesn't seem to be able to get down. He starts crying and I have to rescue him. Why does he do it and how can I stop him? Lisa, Greenwich

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