Border collies don’t make many different sounds, but they all mean something. If your dog is whining then he must need something, whining to get attention or because he misses you or some other pet that maybe died or ran away from home. Dog owners consider whining to be a major problem. This is mainly because stopping it is one of the hardest things to do when it comes to training a dog. Training can be effective if you start early, but older dogs can also be trained in this regard. To deal with a border collie whining problem, the first thing you need to do is understand the reason for the whining. Once this mystery is cleared up, more can be done to fix the problem.
Dogs whine because they want to show what is bothering them. Like people cry, border collies complain. They may try to say that they are upset, in pain, or perhaps scared. Usually this is a behavioral response to being upset or feeling abandoned by the pack. However, since your Border Collie has probably never been part of a pack, has not complained before, and has suddenly started doing this, it is probably sick, hurt, or upset about something you did. If you notice that your dog is hurt in any way and doesn’t act like he used to, take him to the vet and the whining will stop as soon as his health problem is fixed. However, if you see your Border Collie whining even though he is not hurt, then his problem must be related to a feeling of abandonment or fear, in which case the whining works as a rescue alarm. Do not punish him to curb his behavior, as this will only increase the feeling of anxiety he has. In return, try to train both him and yourself. This will have a greater effect than punishment could have.
Whining can also occur in cases where the border collie misses you. If this is the case, teach him to accept short periods of time with you away. Increase these time periods until your dog gets used to the idea that he will be home alone from time to time. Begin this training procedure by accustoming the dog to the area where it will be left alone. After playing with him, leave him alone for a few moments to see how he reacts. If he starts whining, this sound will probably hurt you. Therefore, this is also a great challenge for you. Do not return to the room under any circumstances, because if you do, your dog will observe how he can emotionally blackmail you, and his whining will never stop.
You have to work hard not only where your beloved Border Collie is concerned, but also where you are concerned. When training the dog, if the whining does not stop within a few minutes, then you should enter the room in which you left it. In this way you will let him know that you are the boss and that you will come back when you want and not when he asks. If he still whines even after you’ve returned to the room, you should keep playing with him a bit longer until he stops. After a couple of times of doing this, you will notice the whining decrease. If not, look your Border Collie directly in the eye and say a direct ‘no’. Praise him if he hears it, and continue the process until the whining stops for good. However, if the whining happens when you are in the house with him, it means that he likes the attention or because he wants to play.