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We have one off the side of the house, it's about 18 feet wide by 25 feet. At our old house we had a 4 foot by 25 foot space that was the dog run, which was mainly used for 'go out and potty'.
Ideally you want something that is off the house so you'll be able to let them in/out without treking to the run, and something that isn't going to block the rest of the yard from being used. We put in a dog door and it's great, other than they track in and out and Storee likes to take things out to destroy. So we have a locking one now. I like a natural surface so we've been using straw, it's cheap and while it does track a bit, it stays clean enough and we can replace it fairly often. I didn't like cement because it looked gross all the time, unless we sprayed it with a pressure washer or bleached it (smelled too). Shade is another consideration but you can always put up tarps or build something as needed for extra shade.
Even if it's small, it's better than them destroying the yard and if they get out for walks/runs anyway...
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