Our 3 year old male Golden Retriever has been walked all of his life when he has to go to the toilet. After years of getting up in the middle of the night, or when it rains, or is cold, to take him out; we finally built a fence around our house. The dog just loves it. He runs and plays and doesn't want to come in except to eat. But he still wants to go for a walk to use the bathroom. I have never seen him go inside of the fenced in yard. He waits until I take him for a walk. But that's why we built the fence, so we wouldn't have to walk him.
How can we get him to go to the bathroom inside of the fenced in yard?
I would try walking him to one spot in the yard and tell him to go potty if he does praise him. It may take some time for him to get used to it. I have indoor out door runs and when I put my house dogs in there they wont go unless they are in there a long time like 24 hours. They are used to going in the woods and not the yard. You may try plants some bushes in the corner that you want him to use so he feels like he is hiding it.
It's funny. Tonight I was in the middle of a TV program, and right at the climactic last fifteen minutes, the dog, who was outside all day, knocked on the door, and impatiently said that he had to go right now. I missed the rest of my program, and walked him around the fence saying "Pot" for him to go. When he didn't, I opened the gate and he immediately went to the closest tree, and went for a long time. You could see the relief on his face.
Earlier today, he had been in the fenced in yard for almost twenty-one hours, when I took him for a walk, and he immediately pooped three times, as if he had been waiting a long, long time.
But the fenced in yard is large, with shrubs, and diverse landscape. Pleanty of places for him to go.
Apparently, he's housebroken to the point of thinking that the yard is part of the house.
It is just going to take time. I would try not taking him out of the yard for a few days. He will go when he can not hold it anymore. I have finally got my dogs to go in the pens. It is true that they think to yard is just like the house until they learn it is ok.
How about catching some of his urine and collecting some of his poop next time you walk him and then putting it in a specific area of your yard where you would like him to go and showing him its there?
Some dogs are just really funny that way. When I moved out of my parents house they used to tease me that I would have to come back there 3 times a day so my dog would go to the bathroom. He was trained to go in one area in their yard and that was where he would go and nowhere else. Never had another dog like that.
I agree with collecting a sample to put in your yard. He will desperately miss his walks, as dogs really need to be walked daily. I had a Golden and when I gave birth to my daughter, I stopped walking her for awhile and she started to chew up our fence. The walk is an important part of their day, but I have faith you will train your well trained dog to not be so trained.