Why Do Border Collies Whine: 9 Reasons Explained

Why Do Border Collies Whine
Why Do Border Collies Whine

Different breeds of dogs whine for different reasons, however, in this post, we will be discussing the common topic of why do border collies whine, so keep reading!

I will be discussing some of the most common reasons why border collies whine, and I will also outline some common tips on how to stop border collies from unnecessary whining!

I will keep this post very simple and straight to the point. Let’s get started…

Why do border collies whine

Border collies are happy dogs that love to stay around their owners but can whine for a variety of reasons including; seeking attention, hunger, boredom, emotional stress, and separation anxiety.

These are not the only reasons why border collies may whine, so dive deeper!

Most of the common reasons why border collies whine can be attributed to their owner’s activities or actions.

Remember border collies are happy dogs when they whine is not in vain something must be wrong, they don’t whine for fun, so try to pay attention to what causes the whining.

Here are the most common reasons why border collies whine:

1. Sign of anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common reasons why border collies can keep on whining unnecessarily.

The most common form of anxiety found in border collies is separation anxiety and this can lead to whining when you are about to leave or when you return home.

If not properly fixed, whining due to separation anxiety can lead to some common border collie behavior problems like barking, digging, chasing things, etc.

Border collie separation anxiety can be resolved in different ways and if resolved properly you and your pup will live happily.

2. Emotional stress or depression

Emotional stress or depression can lead to chronic anxiety and change of behavior or personalities in border collies.

Knowing the symptoms that your border collie is scared, concerned, or sad may help you minimize unpleasant behavior and offer a happy, healthy life for your border collie.

Although anxiety symptoms in Border Collies are typically clear, stress communication in Border Collies can be subtle and unexpected.

Border collies may whine to communicate with their owners when they are nervous or distressed.

You must address the border collies’ unexplainable crying and whining if you wish to prevent their well-known behavior difficulties.

3. Seeking the owner’s attention

Seeking the owner’s attention is also a primary reason why your border collie may begin unnecessary whining just to get you to listen to him.

Border Collies are herding dogs who weep or lament for a number of reasons, one of which is to attract the attention of their masters at any cost.

Your border collie adores you and awaits your arrival at any time of day or night and when you get home they may whine to get some cuddles from you.

Your border collie may utilize crying, barking, whining, digging, nipping at you, or howling to get your attention.

Border collies may act out to seek their owners’ attention if they are bored or ignored.

4. Fear of being left alone at home

Border Collies may whine when they notice you are about to leave home for work or leave them alone.

Border collies are known to growl, whine, snarl, and chew when their owners leave them at home for work.

Even after extensive crate training and socialization, Border Collies will never be happy to see their humans go.

Having a second pet gives their owners the courage to leave the house, and at the absolute least, your border collie will have a companion.

Border collies that are left alone for extended periods of time may acquire undesirable behaviors including biting, chewing, pacing, and nipping.

5. Pains or discomfort

Every dog, not just border collie will whine when they are in pain or discomfort as a way of trying to relieve themselves.

If your border collie only whines when lying down, he or she might have joint discomfort or another condition that affects posture.

Border Collies may whimper owing to a variety of reasons, including sleeping respiratory problems.

Elderly or chronically ill Border Collies are more likely than others to whine about their health problems in the middle of the night.

If your border collie fits into one of these categories, or if you sense she is in pain when lying down, take her to the vet as soon as possible.

6. Sign of boredom

Yes, border collies do get bored when you leave them alone without any job to do and stay busy.

This type of whining is seen when you return home from work, and you can see them chewing valuables due to boredom or anxiety.

To protect your border collie from being bored or lonely, provide plenty of mental stimulation.

7. Sign of hunger

When border collies are hungry, they will cry to show their owner what they require, and what they need to eat.

If no one is home to feed it, a border collie may whine, bite, or attack its owner’s feet by the time you come back home.

If you leave the house without feeding your border collie expect to see him whining, therefore I recommend making a feeding roaster for him.

8. Sign of allergic reaction

This is also one of the primary reasons why your border collie may be whining without you knowing what is going on.

Border Collies are known for having sensitive stomachs, which makes them picky eaters and prone to digestive issues.

Border Collies are small dogs with little long-term strength, which makes them prone to crying when startled or disturbed.

Pollen, mold, onions and garlic, insect assaults, toxic chemicals, dust, and mites can cause allergies in border collies.

9. Need to potty outside

You will see this form of whining to be persistent especially if your border collie is well potty-trained.

Border Collies have been selectively developed to flourish solely in human companionship. They are completely reliant on their owners for everything.

If the doors to the potty area are stored are shut, your border collie may start crying and wailing; they don’t enjoy making errors.

If your border collie starts whimpering and wailing in the middle of the night, make sure he wants to defecate.

How to stop border collie whining instantly

Try one of the following approaches or activities to stop your border collie from whimpering:

  • Quickly distract your border collie from whining using sounds or tossing objects.
  • Use the word stop in a firm tone.
  • Learn to ignore your border collie’s unnecessary begging and whining.
  • Quickly provide your border collie with a variety of mental challenges to accomplish.
  • Offer your border a diverse selection of amusing and engaging toys.
  • As a form of reward provide a variety of music and video games once your border collie starts whining.
  • Physical touch should be used to reduce your border collie the amount of whining.

Ways to prevent border collie whining

Here are some common ways you can prevent or avoid circumstances that lead to your border collie whining:

  • Provide your border collie with a wide range of workout options available.
  • Begin a comprehensive border collie crate training session when he or she is a puppy.
  • Separation anxiety or too much stress in a border collie must be avoided at all costs.
  • Avoid activities that can make your border collie whine.
  • Create a fixed daily schedule for yourself and your border collie and follow it.
  • Make sure that your border collie’s potty area is always visible and accessible.
  • Provide your border collie with a stress-free environment.

By Aiguo Kai

Aiguo Kai is one of the authors and editors of Pet Creeks, he is focused on teaching and providing useful information about pets. Especially dogs, he enjoys writing and sharing his 10 years of experiences with dogs so far.