Mel, for a first beag you are lucky! Many beags "get lost" on a scent & become deaf to commands! An "apha male" like my last one can be a real challenge! A shy one like Jethro is easier to train as I have learned. Jethro
was a very shy pup when I purchased him as he was also the last one/ "runt of the litter"! Goober, my first puppy was an "alpha dog" that "chose me" when I met his litter as he trotted up to me before all the other pups.
The owners said, "oh, you must have been pre-trained by a beagle"! (A shy one will be less stubborn & easier to train than a "headstrong" one). Goober was a much more destructive (to property) challenge than Jethro was,
I loved the end result of his training & the fact that Goober still holds our record as the longest living one @ nearly 16.5 yrs! (He might have lived even longer if he had not been "such a dynamo")! (He did outlive his teeth &
refused to use the doggie stairs I purchased for him to get on by bed)! In comparison, Jethro is much calmer & quieter & uses the doggie steps to get on & off my bed!