I ordered and just received two doggy doors. A friend is going to help me install them. This way, through the winter or next summer when the air conditioner is on, The Kids can get in and out. I'll have to teach them how to use it, because it is very different from what they know now. I think we just about have this part of our lives ironed out!
But the other communication is getting better, too, and it is so much fun. Max is by far the best. He seems to be a very smart dog. He picks up on verbal and non verbal commands very quickly, very well. But they are all coming along. They understand "outside, potty" to mean they need to run to the back door; "outside, play" means run to the front door. "Hungry" or "eat" causes a stampede to the kitchen. "Ohhhh, noooooo," means someone goofed, a potty accident or some torn up paper, and they all slow down when I say this. The guilty party is usually obvious by his/her ducked head. A "woohoo" from me for something good they've done well sets them dancing and bounding around me.
Max also heeds "back" and will back off. Now, if it is food, I may have to tell him two or three times because he moves just an inch or so at a time! When I tell him to sit, he does. I didn't train him for this, so it may be an accident, but he is pretty consistent about this. The one command he is inconsistent about is "come." He does it for many things, but when he suspects it is to do something he doesn't want to do (get into the crate, go out when he doesn't want to,etc.), he becomes deaf. OK, not deaf, but very hard of hearing! His tail wags and his head goes down as if to say, "awww, Mom!"
They are especially respondent to me on one thing that I just love. When I chuckle or laugh, they flock to me with tails wagging, and if they can reach, they are all over me with kisses. They know it is a good sign, and they enjoy my happiness right along with me. Unconditional acceptance, unconditional love, and unconditional life! I don't know how it could get much better!
Life (with my babies) is beautiful!!!!