It's not too late. And for heaven's sake, no pee pads.
Barring health issues, it is not difficult to train a dog of any age if you are consistent.
1) Feed on a set schedule. Immediately following food, take dog on leash out to the area where he/she is supposed to urinate/defecate. No playing. No distractions. Just lots of praise if he/she goes. Most dogs will need to defecate within 20 min of eating a meal.
2) Crate the dog when you are not able to keep an eye on it. Don't give them the opportunity to go all over the house. First thing you do when you take dog out of crate is go straight outside. On a leash.
3) Crate overnight. FIRST thing, take dog out to pee. Then feed. Wait 10-15 min, take dog out poop.
4) Another trick for in the house is to keep a leash on the dog and not let the thing out of your site. Pay attention. He/She may be giving you signals, but you've got to watch.
at 12:22 PM on Jun. 30, 2010