I had an indoor/outdoor dog when I was a teen. Our Great Dane (short fur) was outside in the yard (with doghouse) during the school/workday when nobody was home, and did fine. She had a doghouse made out of packing crate which I built with help from my dad, made to just the right size, and kept full of fresh dry straw. It had a small "patio" and you had to turn to go into the house, so that keeps drafts out. It was raised off of the ground. The roof was lined with waterproof material. She was OK for all seasons, including winter, this way. But for evenings/nights she was always in the house with us, so she missed the extremes of the winter cold (northeastern USA). Actually many neighbors left their dogs out in the fenced yard when at work, it was very common back then!
I'm not sure how cold it gets in Spokane but I think your dog should be fine provided you carefully research the house. Waterproof of course, raised off ground, designed to keep drafts out, and small enough that dog can warm with its own body heat. Keep full of a material like clean fresh DRY straw. I don't think you need a heater (would that be a fire hazard?). In other words, don't skimp on the doghouse and I think your dog should be fine!
** funny sudden memory - when having teen angst, I used to like to go sit inside the doghouse with my dog! it was very cozy and peaceful in there.**
Rumo ~ rescue shepherd/husky mix
Last edited by GSDchoice; 08-18-2019 at 11:08 AM.