Your precious little puppy is so small you can nearly fit them in your pocket. You almost want them to stay small and cute forever. However, there is one distinct downside puppyhood - the pup doesn’t respect your personal space. Your puppy follows you everywhere - they even want to follow you into the bathroom. While you love that they like being around you, some personal space would be appreciated too. You want to be able to cuddle on the sofa with your partner without your puppy diving in between and getting defensive.
Training your puppy to respect your personal space is actually incredibly important. If you don’t, they may develop separation anxiety. This can make leaving them alone while you go to work extremely difficult and make the pup unhappy. So it’s not just convenient for you, it's in their best interest to create some boundaries.
Training your puppy to respect your personal space won’t always be easy. It will require considerable willpower on your part. You will need to use strict obedience commands to create some clear boundaries. You can also use the dog's crate to enforce personal space. Training will also require taking some steps and measures to ensure your puppy can’t always get instant access to you.
Because your little pal is young they should still be learning the rules and building confidence. This means you could see results in just a couple of weeks. However, if they are particularly needy then you may need up to a couple of months before you see consistent results. Get training right and you’ll help develop a confident dog later down the line. You also won’t have to worry about them becoming overly protective and even aggressive.
Before you start training you’ll need to make sure you have a few bits. A short training leash will be required. You will also need a crate for one of the methods. Stock up on treats or break the pup's favorite food into small pieces.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training. You can practice in the house and when you are out on walks.
Once you have all the above, just bring patience and a can-do attitude, then work can begin!