Why Does My Dog Get the Zoomies? - Doggy Brace

Why Does My Dog Get the Zoomies?

why does my dog get the zoomies

Ah the zoomies. The frantic and funny burst of energy that has your dog tearing through the house like they’re chasing an invisible squirrel. They can be really cute, viral-video worthy, and fun, but other times they can lead to disrupted work, sleep, or accidental destruction. We’re not saying the zoomies are a bad thing, but it’s good to know what causes them so you can try to head them off if you need to be productive. So, why does your dog get the zoomies? We at Doggy Brace have the answer! 

Firstly, “zoomies” isn’t actually the real name for them, even though it’s a lot more fun to say. They’re actually called Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs). That doesn’t roll off the tongue as much, so we’re still going to call them zoomies. Either way, it refers to those seemingly random unmistakable bursts of energy that seem frantic and repetitive. 

A frequent cause of them is an excessive buildup of energy that your dog releases in one big burst. They could run around the room or the house a few times, throw their toys around, or just generally bounce around you happily. 

This is totally natural! Regular zoomies are nothing to be concerned about at all — unless you’re worried about your dog breaking something, of course! If your dog gets the zoomies though, there is no health concern, emotional concern, or mental concern going on. They’re just excited!

If your dog gets the zoomies multiple times throughout the day, this could be a behavioral problem as they’re not stimulated enough. If this is the case, schedule more play time and walk with your pup to help them release all of that energy. 

Let’s look at a few common causes for zoomies. 

Why Does My Dog Get the Zoomies? 

Age is a big factor. Younger dogs get zoomies more often than adult and senior dogs. So don’t be surprised to see your puppy tearing across the lawn a few times during the day. They’re balls of energy and that is totally okay (and cute)! 

Other than age, what else causes the zoomies? 

There Are a Lot of Causes! 

Anything that gets your dog excited can lead to the zoomies. If they get revved up when playing, if they’re excited to greet someone or another animal, if they get to be outside, if they see snow or their favorite weather, if they are in a new place, if they are in their favorite place outside of the time, if it’s bath time, meal time, grooming time, etc. 

Chances are, if it’s something that excites your dog or something that they know they need to sit still for, they’re likely to get the zoomies. 

Many Dogs Get the Zoomies After a Bath

Does your dog go crazy after a bath? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Some dogs just go nuts when it’s bath time. They could love it, hate it, or just tolerate it, but they know they have to sit still for it. So what’s a better way to express their feelings about that? Zoom zoom. 

Experts believe dogs get the zoomies after a bath because it’s a quick way to get rid of nervous energy that’s been pent up. Zoomies after a bath is your dog’s way of showing relief that bath time is finally over (or being excited about all of the water). 

Dogs Often Get the Zoomies When Playing

This one is pretty obvious. Most dogs love playtime and they show that by running around like crazy. Excited dogs may also hump instead of zoom around, which can still be a form of FRAPS. 

Zoomies Don’t Last Long

The zoomies go just as quickly as they come. It’s usually without warning: one second your dog is tearing through the house, and the next they’re content to cuddle up next to you. Again, this is totally normal. They simply got out all of their energy and are ready to calm down. 

However if you want to stop the zoomies and have them calm down before they’re ready, good luck! It is extremely difficult for your dog to contain that much energy, even with extensive training. We recommend letting the zoomies run their course, as your dog may decide to channel their energy in another, more destructive way. 

For example, one of our employee’s pups, Peter, will resort to excessive and often destructive licking if he can’t get out all of his energy or is distracted (he’s a dachshund/beagle mix, it happens) during mid-zoom. His owners have had to replace his blankie many times from it! 

 So instead of stopping them or distracting them, run with the bull! Throw a toy in the direction they’re running, or let them outside to play. We don’t recommend chasing them, as this may only rile them up more. 

Go with the flow and have fun! And remember, zoomies are totally normal!