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great link, thanks! sounds like there are several alternatives, I love the idea of a doggy door, but we live in a fairly urban area that has its share of break-ins, so I'm not sure whether it's a good idea, although at that size...I guess unless a thief has their 2 year old trained to squirm in and unlock the door, I'd probably have more need to worry about raccoons, possum or squirrels. (Can squirrels get in those things?)
I actually love the fenced-in outdoor run idea, they have something just like that at a boarding kennel/groomer I visited last week. Same thing - pea gravel, high fence. We have an area on the side of our house that is narrow and right now fenced with chain link, and I"m not sure if that fence belongs to our neighbor,it's right up against his driveway, we might have to negotiate putting a privacy fence there, but that space is only about 4 feet wide and frankly already drives me crazy trying to keep it weeded, so while I'm not crazy, either, about cutting a hole in the wall (resale problems later?), and there would have to be some sort of ramp down to the ground because the house is elevated a bit, that would keep the potty area contained and would be secure for the dog to go out even when I'm not home (though I'd still be paranoid and might not let her have access to it when I'm not here). I wonder about the draft issue, though, because the door would be in my office area (2nd downstairs bedroom), and bugs getting in through there, too (I already have a problem with centipedes and ants in warmer months).
One question about pea gravel as a potty area - how do you keep that clean and relatively free from odors? And weeds from growing up through it? At the kennel, they said they disinfect the area every night, though I'm not sure what they use. This area would be right next to our house, and right next to the neighbor's driveway, so I'd have to keep smells to a minimum.