Mackbeagle; I don't think running him with a pack once a month is enough. He should be with a pack a couple of times a week. Before I got more beagles, I only had one dog. He learned to hunt alone. He too is around seven. On a good day he will join in with my other dogs, but mostly he just hunts on his own or pulls them away from the track. You might be better off to start with another pup. Just my 2 cents.