Maltese won't leave me alone!

My puppy (5 mos.) won't give me any space/time to myself. He follows me everywhere. He follows me from room to room (even to the bathroom). I worry because he is always under my feet and I sometimes trip/step on him. I don't want to crate him all the time. When I eat dinner (which is usually on the couch), he is there beside me with his face just inches from my plate. I raise my voice and tell him to go away and point him to the direction of his bed...but that doesn't seem to work. Does anyone have any advice? I don't won't to resort to any rolled newspaper techniques (if you know what I mean)...I just want him to get the idea that I need my space.
Peanuts mom

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