Why Is My Border Collie Avoiding Affection?
Remember that all dog breeds are different and even every Border Collie is different too. Not all Collies will want to cuddle as much as the next, so don’t take offense if your Collie is independent.
Temperament changes from dog to dog; maybe your Collie shows love on their terms. Some may feel happier showing their affection at certain times or in certain places – they may only favor certain people.
However, if you feel that your Border Collie is being distant, this can indicate that something is off or wrong. This is particularly clear when your Collie goes from loving a cuddle to suddenly avoiding them.
If you’re unsure why your Border Collie suddenly dislikes cuddling, it could be due to one of these reasons.
Sometimes as Border Collie’s age, they can become more distant. This could be due to wanting more of their own space or simply keeping to themselves.
Sadly, all dogs can become depressed. This usually happens when Border Collies feel abandoned, lonely, or even when they’re bored for long periods. Also, if you leave your Collie alone for extended periods (while at work etc.), they can become restless as they need physical and mental stimulation. These reasons can all end up in your Collie not wanting to cuddle.
Ineffective training methods, including negative reinforcements and punishments, can result in a less effective Collie. In this case, consult a professional trainer or patiently retrain your dog, making slow attempts and don’t show frustration.
Needs More Socialization
When pups are young, they should start socialization; this will help them get used to contact with people and reduce their potential anxieties. You should introduce your young Collie to as many people and animals as when they’re young so that they learn to be comfortable in others’ companies. This will also boost their confidence in different surroundings, making them easier to live with.
If a dog is ill or in pain, it’ll want more space and will usually avoid any cuddles. This can be due to their protective mechanisms and will stop an owner from realizing the issue. Dogs can be keen to hide injuries and illnesses, so if you suspect the lack of cuddling is stemming from this, consult a vet to get your Collie checked out.
While it’s possible your Border Collie may not be very affectionate, it’s always good to check out their behavior when they’re avoiding contact. Many of the factors appear over time as they age, but always make sure (if you can) to get your Collie well socialized when they’re younger. Again, always consult a professional veterinarian if you suspect any illness.