Why Do Dogs Get The Zoomies?

The “proper” name for dog zoomies is called Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPS), but that term is too stuffy for most dog owners. 

Most of us can’t help but smile when you see your dog tearing back and forth across your yard or even your living room, in an uncontrollable burst of exuberant energy. These periods of intense physical energy, which seem to be greatly enjoyed by dogs, usually only last a few minutes. 

You can usually predict when a case of the zoomies is about to hit, as your dog starts to get that look in his eyes and may begin to posture with you by bowing before quickly sprinting from one side of the yard or room to another.

The zoomies are perfectly normal and are nothing to be concerned about. They are usually more frequent in younger dogs but can be seen in dogs of any age.

For some dogs, it’s a bath that seems to be the trigger. The important thing to remember is to make sure your dog zooms in a safe space. Try not to let your dog zoom on a hardwood or tile floor as he can slip and injure himself, especially if he is wet after a bath.

If the zoomies strike at an inconvenient time (as when guests are arriving) or in an unsafe situation, never chase your dog, as this will only escalate his running. Instead run away from him and he is likely to follow you. And remember to always reinforce the “come” command at training times, rewarding him with treats and praise.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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