We just got a new and decided it needed a place to hang out outside… and somewhere to poop as we had no grass area.
The area was an existing pebble garden that we cleared and put down a scoria base. We built a picket fence around the edge and laid some astroturf. The gate will mainly remain open as the dog will have free range of the deck around the area and into the house though a dog door.
We bought the kennel rather than making one… and later the kids planned to make a sign with the dogs name for the wall.