From the first weeks of life, I have always tried to leave an imprint on the puppy: a caress, an affectionate look. Over time and the growth of the same, I begin to try to make him understand what can and what can not be done, passing from the most trivial things (eating a flower, tearing the objects in front of him) to those that already begin to have a certain influence on hunting activities as well (such as making the puppy understand, who will become a hare dog, that the house cat must not be chased).
As the puppy grows, it is passed to teach him basic commands such as sitting and to make him understand from the first weeks of life that as soon as the owner calls his name he must immediately return. All this, apparently of little importance, will be very useful when the first outings on the working field are started: if the puppy, now reached 5/6 months, did not immediately return to the handler at his call, it would be difficult to correct certain wrong attitudes ( such as being interested in a wild pasture other than hare) or certain dangerous behaviors (such as approaching a road) which the young will inevitably run into.
Associating a certain command (such as stay / stop) to a certain reward (at least at the beginning, for example through the use of a food premium) will make it normal for the dog to stop as soon as the handler wants it over time. Gradually, no reward will be needed, as it will become normal behavior for the hound. And also to stop him when, alas, he will make his first encounters with the roe deer. A well-behaved dog is also a better hunting dog.
The ease with which he will learn certain basic rules of polite behavior in the home environment will often be an indication of intelligence, which he will almost certainly also employ in the job to which he will be called. Therefore, usually, a hound who will learn certain behavioral rules at home with greater speed will tend to prove very precocious in learning the art and the trade on the ground. A hound who, on the other hand, will show behavioral and balance problems even in the home environment will often show signs of imbalance, even in the work on the hare. Do not forget that intelligence and balance are genetic and therefore hereditary factors, to be pursued through the selection process.