I have a minature pinscher and is still refusing to go outside and go to the bathroom. I take outside and stand there with her or walk through the yard to get to walk and go and she still refuses to go outside. I bring her inside and she goes. I know that when I started to train her I was putting down potty pads and now I think I made a mistake. She will go where the pads were and go to the bathroom. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can train to go outside instead of the house? I know you can retrain an older dog so I do know that there is some kind of hope.
maybe try taking her on long walks. when she does go praise her. tell her "good girl" and pet her, or give her a treat (I know, I know, treat-training is bad, but it works with the confused dog). I have a doberman pinscher (1 year old), and he also had problems with this at first because we were living in an apartment building at the time we got him (on the 4th floor). Just praise when she does something good, keep trying, don't give up!
I've also heard that inching the pee pad slowly to the back door, say a day at a time, and then out the door works. I've never pad trained, so I don't know how to untrain, but make sure you definitely get the point across that going outside is good. Everytime she goes outside, give her a treat, praise, play whatever it is that let's her know she did good:)
What others have said about putting the pee pads outside is correct, we used to paper train our pups when I was a kid, as an adult I have not done that. I scoop them up when I catch them, and run them outside then praise them when they are finished. All 3 of my dogs are trained to go on command, you can say hurry up, go potty, tinkle time whatever you like, just make sure to all ways praise them when they are finished.
Retraining is hard but it can be done. Take the dog out upon waking, after playing, after eating/drinking. It's more a matter of training yourself to be vigilant. Give the dog alot of praise when she goes outside and even a treat after she does her business. You might try putting the pad down in the yard where you want her to go and see if that helps. Never scold her or yell at her when she has an accident in the house. If you catch her in the act, just say Hey! loudly pick her up and say outside then take her to the spot outside. Good luck.
I don't think that you have confused him, it just takes time. When I got my lab, I would have to leave him at home in my room alone with a baby gate. I would lay newspaper down pretty much where I wanted him to go, and although he would still mess the room, he did go on the paper. But anytime I was at home, I would take him out in the yard after playing, after waking up, and after eating, and i would wait for him to go. If he didn't I would bring him in and keep a close eye on him. It wasn't too long before he got it right. It is no so much confusing him, it is just for you to have that gut feeling of when he needs to go because as a pup they have no control over their bladder. Another key is to train yourself on the times that he may need to go. For example, I made myself wake up in the middle of the night, most of the time twice, to take him out, and he would go when I take him out. Needless to say it paid off as he is my best friend.