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We all communicate in many ways other than through language. When we have conversations with other people, we're not just hearing their words. We're also subconsciously noting their posture and facial expressions for clues about what they're really saying. Among our own kind, these nonverbal ways of communicating are learned from childhood, and we don't even think about them. It's just part of our socialization process.

But dogs use nonverbal communication as well. Their behaviors, posture and expressions all speak volumes to other canines, and we can learn to understand them. Is your pooch feeling nervous about a situation? Is he ready to play, or is she trying to challenge your authority? Knowing what your furry friend is trying to tell you is a crucial component in a successful human-dog relationship. Dogs are highly tuned into our nonverbal signs, and it’s important for us to remember that it’s a two-way street. Understanding your dog’s nonverbal cues and changes in demeanor not only can help deepen your bond, but will also increase his trust in you.

So, if you want to learn more about what your pup is communicating to you, here are 30 dog behaviors and what our furry companions are trying to tell you with them.