Well maybe he wants to go out there. I get up, go over, and open the patio door for him. He doesn't want to go out. I close the door and walk back to my office. He whines again.
Maybe he wants to go out to his run. I walk through the library and call him to the back door that lets out into his corral. He comes, but stops short. I open the door and again, he doesn't want to go out. I look at him and he just sits and whines again.
"What?" I exclaim. "What do you want? Show me."
He stands up and walks back into my office and stops before the bowl, where he whines again.
He wanted the bowl. He was whining because he wanted the bowl.
He was WHINING because he wanted my bowl.
Where do they learn this stuff?
And why did I subsequently give him the bowl before I pondered this? THAT'S not going to reinforce anything annoying.
Ya, but I got the bowl. Yum!