1. Perfect Timing
When the pups are between 5 and 7 months old, they're eager and easy to get started. During this period, get the dog in the fuel often--three times a week minimum--preferably in the evenings when the rabbits come out. "Walk the dog around likely spots," Wilson says. "If you see a rabbit, walk the dog in that area and encourage him to explore. Soon enough, his genetics will take over and he'll learn to recognize that scent." Working with that natural instinct is the easiest and quickest way to get beagles hunting.