My pup is 6 months old and he still whines though it has lessened some. But he whines when we do anything new or are in the car, when I pet him... I just always assumed it was a GSD thing.
Best thing to do is ignore and don't coddle or pay extra attention if they're whining... also I'm not against e-collars but I think 9 weeks old is way to young for one!
~Ollie vom Grunenfeld HIC(8/29/2012)WGSL/WGWL/DDR cross - herding dog in training!