You can, and should begin command training your Beagle puppy
from the day you bring your new family member home. This is usually at the age of 8 weeks old. Do keep in mind, that to bring your Beagle outside were there may be other dogs or to any other activities, it is best to wait until your puppy has had all of his "Puppy Shots".
Command training is not just for young pups, there are many instances where an owner has an older Beagle. Never believe the expression that "You can't teach an old dog new tricks"...Because of course you can.
With an older Beagle, that learned certain patterns before coming to live with you, he will need some time to adjust to the new surrounding, however a dog of any age can be taught many commands...It just needs to be done in the right way.
Choose a time for command training when your Beagle is in between meals and hungry. Training directly after a meal is not the best time...your dog will not be hungry and those treats that you offer for listening to commands will not mean so much!
The Most Important Element
An owner must understand that their dog has absolutely no idea what is expected. Your puppy does not know what sit, stay, come, roll over, heel or any other command means. Beagles are perfectly willing to listen, but cannot follow a command that they don't understand. It will be your job to show your Beagle in a patient way. It is unfair to become frustrated at a puppy for not understanding something that was never taught to him or for adults, taught in a proper way.
It will be your happy tone, your actions and proper training techniques that will allow your Beagle to learn in a fun way. Making command training enjoyable will encourage your dog to want to learn. Treats and your praise will prompt your pup or adult dog to keep coming back for more training.