When you love your furry friend so much, it’s sometimes hard to notice their flaws. But when your doggo jumps on your friends, knocks kids down out of excitement, barks at you when you’re clearly not into games and everything, and your catto has been scratching your bedroom doors and meowing every night for so long that you have forgotten the last time you had a good night’s sleep, you may have a teeny tiny bit of a problem.

You see, sometimes it happens that dogs and cats forget their hoomans have personal space. They'd be glued to you forever, if it was up to them. Both totally wholesome and slightly annoying, these incidents happen more often than you think.

Below we selected some of the funniest pictures of felines and canines shamelessly disrespecting their owner’s private space as if they had none to begin with. Scroll down, upvote your favorite ones and be sure to check out our previous features on pets with zero boundaries here and here.

#1

Taking A Bath, When I'm Home "Alone"

Taking A Bath, When I'm Home "Alone"

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Sue Hazlewood
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2 months ago

The daschunds face, love it

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#2

Personal Space? Nope. I'm A Cat Pillow

Personal Space? Nope. I'm A Cat Pillow

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Helenium
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3 months ago

awwww

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#3

I Was Trying To Enjoy A Nice Bath, But

I Was Trying To Enjoy A Nice Bath, But

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crazy_cat_notAlady
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3 months ago

enjoying a nice bath is never complete without some fur and fur-bearer in it!

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To find out more about why exactly some cats or dogs don’t respect their owners' privacy and what can be done about this, Bored Panda reached out to Yulia Popyk, a pet health and well being expert at Pet Cube. One of the key ways to tell if your dog or cat doesn't respect your privacy is if they have a tendency to follow you around everywhere you go in the house, Popyk said.

So beware if your dog is always underfoot, “it may be an indication that they don’t respect your need for personal space,” she warned.

“Another way to tell if your dog respects your privacy is if they are constantly trying to sneak into your bedroom or other private areas of the house. If your dog is always trying to sneak into your bedroom, it may be another indication,” Popyk noted.

#4

I Found This Little Boy In The Countryside, Alone. Initially, He Was Scared, Now He Seems To Be Pretty Comfortable

I Found This Little Boy In The Countryside, Alone. Initially, He Was Scared, Now He Seems To Be Pretty Comfortable

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Scagsy
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2 months ago

And rumour has it that she still hasn't moved and has been at the restaurant for four days straight.

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#5

My Girlfriend Was Brushing Her Teeth This Morning When A Monster Popped Out From Under The Sink

My Girlfriend Was Brushing Her Teeth This Morning When A Monster Popped Out From Under The Sink

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User# 6
Community Member
3 months ago

The most adorable monster ever

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#6

Desperate For Attention

Desperate For Attention

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Jan Eivroc
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3 months ago

This cat is experiencing Zen lol

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The pet behavior expert says there may be more signs that a dog or a cat doesn’t respect your privacy. They are as follows: "They follow you around constantly, even into the bathroom; They want to be in your space all the time, even when you’re trying to sleep or work; They don’t give you any personal space, even when you’re eating or using the restroom; They try to jump on you or paw at you when you’re talking on the phone or working on the computer; They steal your things or intrude on your personal belongings; They beg for attention constantly and get upset when you don’t give them what they want.”

#7

Hellooo. Plz Stop Working And Pet Me

Hellooo. Plz Stop Working And Pet Me

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago

I’ve heard of photobombing, but now we have work bombing too?

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#8

Without Even Consulting Anyone, This Guy Unilaterally Decided To Stage An Intervention

Without Even Consulting Anyone, This Guy Unilaterally Decided To Stage An Intervention

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Nika De Beer
Community Member
3 months ago

Attention seeker!

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#9

She Can Invade My Personal Space But I Can't Look At Her

She Can Invade My Personal Space But I Can't Look At Her

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Jan Eivroc
Community Member
3 months ago

Mind you manners, human!

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According to Popyk, more signs that your pet is not aware of your privacy are: They whine, bark, or meow excessively, especially when you’re trying to concentrate or relax; They scratch or bite you when you don’t pet them or give them attention; They steal your food or beg for table scraps constantly; They destroy your belongings or make a mess when they’re bored or left alone.

“If your dog or cat is exhibiting any of these behaviors, it may be time to talk to a vet online to ensure that your pet is respecting your privacy. Or learn how to train them!” Popyk said.

#10

Layla Is Queen Of The Kittens. They Think She’s Their Own Personal Space Heater

Layla Is Queen Of The Kittens. They Think She’s Their Own Personal Space Heater

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Star Santos =]
Community Member
2 months ago

(don't mind me, just coverin a mean comment <3)

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#11

Get A Puppy They Said. You Won’t Be So Alone During Quarantine They Said. They Were Right

Get A Puppy They Said. You Won’t Be So Alone During Quarantine They Said. They Were Right

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viv
Community Member
3 months ago

he so smol!

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#12

I Woke Up To My Cat Standing On My Chest Staring At Me

I Woke Up To My Cat Standing On My Chest Staring At Me

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viv
Community Member
3 months ago

**plotting your'e murder whilst you sleep**

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Training a dog or a cat to respect their owner’s boundaries largely depends on the individual dog or cat’s personality and behavior. “Some tips on how to train a dog or cat to respect their owner’s boundaries may include using positive reinforcement techniques such as rewarding the pet with treats or praise when they display desired behaviors, consistently enforcing rules and limits, and providing the pet with plenty of exercises and mental stimulation to help keep them calm and focused,” Popyk explained and added an example. “If the owner does not want the dog on the bed, then the dog should never be allowed on the bed, no matter what the circumstance.”

#13

Cat Trees Aren’t Meant For Dogs

Cat Trees Aren’t Meant For Dogs

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Ur mom
Community Member
2 months ago

The dog doesn't know what it did to anger the cat.

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#14

Say No To Personal Space

Say No To Personal Space

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Ur mom
Community Member
2 months ago

Just trying to look just like his human.

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#15

A Short Story Titled: Can I Get In The Bath With You, Please? Spoiler - I Got In

A Short Story Titled: Can I Get In The Bath With You, Please? Spoiler - I Got In

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Raysa Tapia
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2 months ago

This comment just to hide the nasty one below.

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The good news is that it is indeed possible to train pets to have good manners. Popyk’s advice is to start with the basics like sit, stay, come, and down. “Once your pet has mastered these commands, you can begin to work on more advanced manners like not jumping on people, not begging at the table, and not counter surfing. Be patient and consistent with your training, and soon your pet will be the most well-mannered animal in the neighborhood.”

#16

Apparently I'm Not Giving Him Enough Attention

Apparently I'm Not Giving Him Enough Attention

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Cyndielouwhoo
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, a pop up book!

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#17

Didn’t Lock The Door, Ended Up With Company In The Bathtub

Didn’t Lock The Door, Ended Up With Company In The Bathtub

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karla Meixnerová
Community Member
3 months ago

(S)he is so calm. Our cat hates water

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#18

My Dog Has No Sense Of Personal Space

My Dog Has No Sense Of Personal Space

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Magnus Eklund
Community Member
2 months ago

Butt sharing

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According to the pet behavior expert at Pet Cube, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best way to train pets to have good manners will vary depending on the pet’s individual personality and behavior. However, as a trainer, you will have to be consistent with commands and rewards, use positive reinforcement techniques, and provide plenty of opportunities for the pet to practice good manners.

#19

Every Bite You Take, Every Lunch You Make, Every Time You Bake, Every Piece Of Steak, I'll Be Watching You

Every Bite You Take, Every Lunch You Make, Every Time You Bake, Every Piece Of Steak, I'll Be Watching You

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Izamee isABELLA
Community Member
2 months ago

Super creative title!

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#20

Backseat Typer

Backseat Typer

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Dani M
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3 months ago

I love the sign on the wall!

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#21

You’re Going To Hear A Little Pawp

You’re Going To Hear A Little Pawp

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Jan Eivroc
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh, trying to be cute while doing work

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#22

Trying To Get Some Work Done And This Little Guy Shows Up

Trying To Get Some Work Done And This Little Guy Shows Up

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Jan Eivroc
Community Member
3 months ago

It's telling you 'I am THE work.'

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#23

What Is "Personal Space"

What Is "Personal Space"

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Jan Eivroc
Community Member
3 months ago

Basically, the human has been part of that beautiful dog's space.

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#24

Who Needs Personal Space? Foster Kitty Settled In Literally Under My Nose And Fell Sound Asleep

Who Needs Personal Space? Foster Kitty Settled In Literally Under My Nose And Fell Sound Asleep

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Ur mom
Community Member
2 months ago

I want to smell you as you smell me. Then we can sleep

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#25

She Texted Me “He Won’t Leave Me Alone”

She Texted Me “He Won’t Leave Me Alone”

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

Because he loves you, dummy!

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#26

Today We’re Learning About Personal Space

Today We’re Learning About Personal Space

By “we” I mean “I” and by “learning about” I mean “accepting that it does not exist when fostering kittens”

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
2 months ago

You’re learning with a pet, you no longer have personal space. And you’ll love it!

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#27

I Need Some Space

I Need Some Space

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

The look on the orange and white cat’s face!

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#28

Igor Has No Respect For Personal Space

Igor Has No Respect For Personal Space

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viv
Community Member
3 months ago

beautiful cat tho!

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#29

Mum, How Dare You Go To The Bathroom Without Me

Mum, How Dare You Go To The Bathroom Without Me

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Evil Hornet
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2 months ago

Let... me... IN!!!

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#30

This Is What I See Each Time I'm About To Get Out Of The Shower

This Is What I See Each Time I'm About To Get Out Of The Shower

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Dawson Wilson
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2 months ago

Doggie has a heart on him and it's so cute!! 🥰

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#31

Got A New Cat Pencil For Finals

Got A New Cat Pencil For Finals

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Magnus Eklund
Community Member
2 months ago

Clearly that's cheating somehow..?

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#32

My Rescue Who Doesn’t Know What Personal Space Is

My Rescue Who Doesn’t Know What Personal Space Is

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Manners are free
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2 months ago

Oh but she is so content and happy

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#33

You Shut The Bathroom Door For Privacy? Guess I'll Watch Through The Window Then

You Shut The Bathroom Door For Privacy? Guess I'll Watch Through The Window Then

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wild_mushrooms
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm actually impressed

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#34

My Cat Doesn’t Understand Personal Space

My Cat Doesn’t Understand Personal Space

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Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

When has a cat ever understood personal space :D

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#35

The Best Seat In The House

The Best Seat In The House

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

Funny how the big ones think they’re little, and the little ones think they’re big.

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#36

The Concept Of Personal Space In Our Household Has Shifted Even More With Our Second Dog

The Concept Of Personal Space In Our Household Has Shifted Even More With Our Second Dog

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crazy_cat_notAlady
Community Member
3 months ago

huh. here i was thinking the pup has an extra furry leg!

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#37

Adopted A Dog

Adopted A Dog

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chaotic_charlie (they/he)
Community Member
2 months ago

@Quandale Dingle why are you so mean?

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#38

No Such Thing As Personal Space

No Such Thing As Personal Space

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Roxy Eastland
Community Member
2 months ago

Extremely weird to see my exact slippers in the photo! I wish we had such a beautiful pussy cat right now to go with them

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#39

My Roommate's Dog Has No Sense Of Personal Space

My Roommate's Dog Has No Sense Of Personal Space

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K K
Community Member
2 months ago

Awww, I love big clumsy dogs!

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#40

But Mom, You’re Way More Comfier

But Mom, You’re Way More Comfier

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Agata Fronia
Community Member
3 months ago

know that too well 😹

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#41

This Is Zissou, My Gaming Buddy. He Invades My Personal Space While I Try To Shoot Stuff

This Is Zissou, My Gaming Buddy. He Invades My Personal Space While I Try To Shoot Stuff

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wild_mushrooms
Community Member
2 months ago

Aww!!

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#42

They’re Working On This Personal Space Thing

They’re Working On This Personal Space Thing

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Just a ray of f'ing sunshine
Community Member
2 months ago

The look on the dog's face!

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#43

Okay, Guys, This Is Too Close

Okay, Guys, This Is Too Close

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Magnus Eklund
Community Member
2 months ago

Alright guys, just like we practiced. 3 2 1 poop!

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#44

“You Can’t Play Animal Crossing! I’m The Only Animal You Need”

“You Can’t Play Animal Crossing! I’m The Only Animal You Need”

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Agata Fronia
Community Member
3 months ago

truth!

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#45

Trying To Teach The Pups About Personal Space. It Isn’t Going Well

Trying To Teach The Pups About Personal Space. It Isn’t Going Well

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L.V
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2 months ago

We love YOUR personal space😄

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#46

Traded My Personal Space For A House Rabbit

Traded My Personal Space For A House Rabbit

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loyalhufflepuff07
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2 months ago

Aww 🥰

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#47

Personal Space Mena. We Talked About That

Personal Space Mena. We Talked About That

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Raysa Tapia
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2 months ago

Dingle, if you hate animals, or dogs, so much why are you looking through these? Find something else to do. Stop being nasty.

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#48

Helping Me Wrap Christmas Presents

Helping Me Wrap Christmas Presents

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L.V
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm the only present you need!

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#49

Excuse Me, I’m Trying To Read That Paper

Excuse Me, I’m Trying To Read That Paper

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Ur mom
Community Member
2 months ago

'breaking news, People muscle up on Belarus Strongman, oh wait, nevermind. New breaking news! Cat takes over paper!

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