The size and breed of your dog will definitely affect the level of activity it needs. For instance, a large Dalmatian puppy needs more exercise than a petite Lhasa Apso. So keep size and breed in mind if you're looking for a dog to suit your lifestyle. This guide will give you an idea of just how much exercise dogs need at the puppy stage: Toy dogs generally have a lower need for activity. About five minutes of interactive play a few times a day should be sufficient. Terriers can range from medium to high activity levels. Allow for 10 to 20 minutes of interactive play, two to three times a day. Retrievers are high-energy dogs and need 15 to 20 minutes of interactive play, two to three times a day. Scent hounds are another high-energy group of dogs. Allow them to have 15 to 20 minutes of playtime, two to three times a day. Be sure to give your puppy enough playtime to keep them happy and healthy. Playtime is also great for puppy-owner bonding!