A Case Of The Zoomies: What Are They And Why Do They Happen?

the zoomiesIf you’ve spent any time around a puppy, or bathed a dog of any age, you are probably familiar with the zoomies. It’s that crazy burst of energy that causes a dog to tear around the house or yard at top speed, sometimes…

If you’ve ever wondered why your dog gets the zoomies, you’ve come to the right place. The team at Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital has delved into the intricacies of this lovable (yet sometimes annoying) dog behavior!

They’re Called What?

The zoomies are known to behaviorists and trainors as FRAPs (frenetic random activity periods). Puppies and younger dogs are more likely to experience FRAPs on a regular basis, but dogs of any age is capable in engaging in these short bursts of craziness.

Why Does My Dog Do That?

Animal behaviorists theorize that FRAPs are simply a way for a dog to release pent up energy or stress. FRAPs most commonly occur in the early morning and early evening, after a bath, or when playing with another dog or even a human. You may be able to tell that your dog is about to experience a FRAP if you witness them assume a “play bow” position with the chest low to the floor and tail in the air. Then suddenly, with a bark or a leap, they’re off and running.

What To Do About The Zoomies

There’s nothing like watching a dog delight in the joy of their own speed and strength, as long as it’s happening outside where there isn’t anything they can break! Inside zoomies, on the other hand, can pose a problem, especially if your home is small and/or full of breakables.

You can help to limit and control your dog’s zoomies in the following ways:

  • If you can predict when your dog is likely to experience the zoomies, such as after a bath, make sure to get them to a safe spot ahead of time. Out in a fenced yard is good, or close off a carpeted, breakables-free room in your home.
  • Remain calm so as not to encourage the behavior. Offer a treat or toy to distract your pup if necessary in order to move to a safer location.
  • FRAPs may be an indication that your dog isn’t getting enough exercise and/or mental stimulation. Besides the daily walk (which should be part of every dog’s regimen), try throwing in some mentally stimulating games such as ‘find the treats’ or work on obedience training as part of your dog’s regular walk.

How often does your dog get the zoomies? We’d love to hear about it at your next regularly scheduled wellness exam! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact our staff with any questions or concerns you have about your sweet pup.

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