change your expectations of a basset as a couch potato.Do you have any suggestion?
1. Walking is not exercise., you need the puppy running but not being complessed to do so. so need to be free play like fetch, or tug of war.
2. change your definations. if you consider the dog "needy" it means you are going to be witholding the attention the dog dogs needs. THis never works . A dog never becomes less needy by ignoring it. the solution and only solution is providing the attention the dog need when it needs it even better before it needs it. As it need become met in a consistent manner over time it will need less attention this is proven in children as well as dogs
see Harmoney Programme
The Cure For Attention Seeking Behaviour Disorders
It is so simple – following the “crying baby” model for filling the need as soon as it arises, ASBDs can be entirely avoided as well as cured by giving focussed attention immediately and as soon as the request has been received.
This does not mean one has to put one’s entire life on hold or “run rings around the creature” – it is literally a simple little flash of attention at the right time and when first asked for it; the classic “a stitch in time saves nine” principle.
Rather than “rewarding” attention seeking behaviour, it never gets to escalate, the creature’s energy system remains balanced and the disturbed behaviours never need take place at all.
As the babies who are fed when they are hungry cry markedly less or not at all, creatures who receive attention energy (or love or recognition energy) when they ask for it, their attention seeking behaviours become markedly less frequent, markedly less dramatic and may cease altogether once the system has been in operation for a while and the creature has understood that not only can it get what it needs just the for the asking, but also it’s energy system has become more robust, more healthy, more resilient and won’t collapse when there is a time when attention is in short supply.