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What have you tried so far?
Can you block off an area so that this is the only place accessible to them?
thank you for that information. What you may have to do is crate them during the day and when you come home take them out by lead and give a potty command, if they have had an accident inside the home then take that and put it in that area so their smell is there.
Continue to give a potty command even as they are eliminating , when done praise and reward with a special treat such as chicken or or dog slivers. Dogs can be taught to go on command but the problem is they have access to the whole home so they are going inside. If you crate them they will not want to go where they eat or sleep. If you take them out and they will not go then they go back in the crate for 10 minutes then try again.
Retraining is probably the hardest thing to do and takes a long time, but once they get it, it will be worth the effort you made now
I would start him going on command on walks as well. You may have to stand in one spot for a while until he figures it out. My dogs at their age can also hold it for the day. I even had a Therapy dog that would not go in public, he would wait until his return home to eliminate. They get quirky just like people.