Demanding behavior in a dog can be extremely discouraging, especially if you have tried to break the habit for some time. Perhaps you've experienced these scenarios; you sit down to watch a movie or to eat a delicious meal, but instead of being able to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation time, your dog has something else in mind. It may start out as just whining, which can be ignored, but if it escalates to pawing, barking, or nudging constantly, this can get irritating very quickly. While it may seem impossible to curb such behaviors in a demanding dog, the good news is that there are a few different methods which can be applied to start creating better habits for both dog and owner.
Unfortunately, demanding habits cannot be completely broken overnight. It will take a lot of time and effort to slowly encourage your dog, with positive training methods and perhaps some professional help, that there are better ways to ask for what they want. If you know that your puppy may have the potential to become demanding as they get older (such as with high energy breeds) you can begin some of these methods early on to ensure that good habits are formed as soon as possible! This way, a healthy and happy forever relationship can easily exist between dog and owner.