My girlfriend and I recently moved in together and inherited her old roommate's dog since she couldn't keep her at the new place she was moving to. The dog is pretty well behaved and really quiet which is great for an apartment dog. However, she isn't house trained. Her previous owner kept her in the apartment all the time (she lived in the city) and never really took her out. She is pad trained, which is better than nothing, but I'd like to get her trained to go outside since our apartment has a big yard and I don't want to keep cleaning up pads all the time.
So, how do you train a 6 year old dog that has been using a pad all her life to change?
I don't want to scold her for using the pad because if she does need to go in the house I would rather she do it on the pad.
I've tried giving her treats whenever she does something outside...but she seems uninterested in treats when she is outside. She will literally drop them immediately and continue frollicking around and sniffing stuff.
I've tried bringing the pad outside, but she ignores it completely. I've even gone so far as to make her sit on it outside for ~5 minutes, but as soon as I let her go where she wanted she ignored it again.
She treats going outside as super happy fun time running around and if she just so happens to get the urge, she will go. I want to try to teach her that going outside is the normal way and a pad is just a last resort.
Should I try taking the pad away while I'm at work and hoping she holds it?
I've trained other dogs to do things before, but never one that was this old/set in her ways.