5. Dominant Behavior
If so, Fido clearly thinks he wears the proverbial pants in the family, and guess where he learned that? That’s right, you taught him!
Dogs are pack animals, and packs have a hierarchy. There’s always a leader (the alpha male, so to speak), and everyone else is submissive to him.
If another dog thinks he should be the leader, they fight it out. And that’s exactly what’s happening here. At some point, probably when Fido was a puppy, you let him believe he was the pack leader. You petted him whenever he looked at you, played with him whenever he asked, fed him on schedule, etc.
Eventually, he concluded that he was the leader and you were the lesser being. Now you have to teach him who the boss really is. You do that by taking control of all resources.
Whether it’s attention, toys, food, or anything else wants, he has to go through you.If he’s being pushy and insistent about wanting attention, completely ignore him until he settles down and uses some manners.
When he’s hungry, teach him to sit to say, “please” before you put his bowl down. You do that by just standing there and ignoring him while he begs, then putting his food down the instant he sits to try and figure out why the rules have changed. Eventually, he’ll get the message and start sitting calmly (if not exactly patiently) every time he wants something. And you’ll be the undisputed new pack leader.