What is Dog Zoomies, and Do All Breeds Get Them?
Do you ever see your dog running round and round in circles? How about a sudden frenzied spell followed by a collapse? It’s a distressing sight for owners to see. Whilst we’re all used to a sudden burst of energy, this is a whole new level.
What’s going on?
What is dog zoomies?
Officially called Frenetic Random Activity Period (FRAP), the condition is more commonly known as zoomies. It involves a period of an unusual, sudden burst of energy. Often dogs run around in circles, their backend tucked in as they chase their tail.
Alternately, they’ll lap the house or garden, continuing seemingly without pause.
The whole episode doesn’t last long – usually only a few minutes. Afterwards, your exhausted pooch will likely settle down for a well-earned rest.
What causes dog zoomies?
You may spot a glint in their eyes before they start. Then, the burst of energy is released. But what triggers the zoomie to begin?
It’s widely believed to be caused by a build-up of excess energy. These pent-up feelings are released in one sudden spurt. It’s a completely natural behaviour. But that doesn’t stop owners from being concerned.
You’ll most often find zoomies in younger dogs. And it’s said it gets less common as they get older – but even the oldest dogs can still get a burst of the zoomies.
When are zoomies most likely to happen?
As a build-up of energy causes zoomies, there are a few times that are most likely to cause the outburst:
– After eating is a common time, as the extra food gives them more energy. It’s also associated with food-orientated dogs.
– Before bed is the time when a dog wants to get rid of any excess energy to sleep even deeper.
– Following a bath, you may find your dog is either relieved or pumped – just try to dry them off before they start.
– Training sessions are the perfect time for a dog to blow off steam – so they do. It could also be a little nervous energy as well.
Do all dog breeds get zoomies?
Yes! All dog breeds get zoomies. Some dogs’ temperaments may mean they do it more than others. But, in general, all breeds are equally likely to get zoomies. That doesn’t stop some breeders and owners swearing blind that a breed does it more.
Are dog zoomies harmful?
It’s believed the behaviour isn’t dangerous in itself. After all, they’re just expending a little energy. But, with them going hard, they might not always be paying full attention. For instance, it’s all too easy for a dog to go skidding across the floor into the furniture. Or to start a zoomie while still on the leash.
It’s a pretty frightening experience for an owner. Don’t panic, however. It’s all totally normal. Let your dog have their fun, and be ready with plenty of belly rubs and treats when they finally calm down.