Dog Zoomies – Why Dogs Zoom and When It is Dangerous
12 April, 2018
dog zoomies - what it means

Most dog owners have experienced dog zoomies or when your typically low-key dog ramps up the energy and runs like a crazy dog around the house or yard.  And having a great time when doing it. These frantic dog zoomies might seem a bit concerning, but for the most part, they are not dangerous when the dog zoomies occur in a safe environment.

What are the zoomies?

The zoomies are also known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPS, which really spells it out.   An episode is typically described as a wild run that suddenly comes out of nowhere and lasts for a few minutes at the most.  Dogs get the zoomies for a variety of reasons, when they are highly excited or aroused or after watching another dog engage in high-energy play and mimics them. (Cats are known to have the zoomies as well!)

Why do zoomies in dogs occur?

Dog zoomies tend to hit puppies and young dogs more frequently than older dogs, but zoomies are a great way for dogs of any age to release pent-up energy. Sometimes, dogs get the zoomies when they are confused and they need to blow off some of that nervous energy.

While dog zoomies are very natural for dogs, if they happen very frequently, it might be a good idea to think about how much exercise your pup gets, and if there are ways to add more exercise into his day.

Stress can trigger dog zoomies as a sign of relief

For many dogs of all ages, bath time brings out the zoomies! Or leaving the vet.  Your dog is so stressed out during the process that the zoomies are a way to release their fear.  It’s over!

Dog zoomies are very natural and are only dangerous because of the surrounding environment

Zoomies are a natural behavior for dogs, and not something you should worry about preventing or discouraging, so long as your dog is zooming in a safe place. This means inside your home or fenced yard and away from breakable items, or small children who could be accidentally knocked over by a large, zooming dog. Try to avoid letting your dog zoom on hardwood floors, or other slick surfaces.  Or new tables- happy tails can than occur!.

Try to control the environment where your dog has the zoomies to keep it safe

Try to control the zoomies in dogs by watching the environment in which he zooms. For example, if you know your dog gets the FRAPS after a bath, be sure to take him directly from the bath (either being carried or by leash) to a room or yard where he can safely zoom.  Or if your dog loves to zoom outside, make sure the yard is clear of anything that could hurt your dog.

Never chase a dog with the zoomies

The most important thing is not chasing after a frapping dog. If you chase your dog, he is likely to misinterpret this as you playing with him. That will inspire him to continue running! Instead of chasing your dog, run away from him (in a direction free of roads or other dangers) and encourage your dog to follow you in a happy voice.  And have toys and treats ready when your dog calms down.

While zoomies are completely normal in dogs, there are some actions you can take if these bouts of energy happen frequently. If you think the zoomies might due to stress, you can try to help your dog by getting ahead of the problem when you figure out the cause.  Otherwise, it’s all in good fun!

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