I got my 6 year old beagle from the pound about 5 yrs. ago, and whenever i would come back from being out she would get really hyper and run around the house a couple of times, but she has calmed down since then. Also she would dig holes at first, but soon after I taught her not to. I have trained my beagle very well, fast, and easily. Now she does everything i say just about. I would say a beagle is a very good "best friend". Mine is really just close with myself, but very friendly to others, and other pets.