Dog Zoomies: If you’ve ever watched a dog zoom around in excitement, you’re not alone. Zoomies, or “doggie dances,” are a common behavior seen in many animals, including dogs.
What is dog zoomies?
Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPs, are what veterinarians call the “zoomies” that dogs and puppies get. These phases are typically characterized by unexpected outbursts of energy, during which your dog may engage in activities including chasing their tail, running in circles while tucking their behinds in, and doing laps around the house and/or garden. Dog zoomies don’t usually last very long and are usually done almost as soon as they begin. Once they are over, your dog will likely sit down for a much-needed nap after the activity is finished.
Why do dogs and puppies sometimes get the zoomies?
The condition known as zoomies is typically brought on by an accumulation of extra energy, which is subsequently discharged all at once in a rapid burst. However, you shouldn’t be concerned about it because it’s perfectly normal behavior. It is most prevalent in, and when people get older, it often happens much less frequently. However, this is not mean that it will cease completely; quite a few senior dogs will still get FRAPs.
When do dog zoomies most frequently take place?
Even though it is brought on by the accumulation of too much energy, there are a few situations that are likely to bring on a FRAP, such as the following:
- Just before going to bed, it’s possible that your dog is trying to let off some steam in preparation for a longer time of rest.
- After a bath, a dog may sense a rush of adrenaline since they just got out of the water and are either relieved to be out of the water or are frantically trying to dry themselves off (or perhaps both), proving an intelligence-feeding toy would serve the purs]pose at that time.
- After eating: dogs that are extremely food-driven are more likely to exhibit this behavior.
- During a training session: occasionally when we’re trying to teach our dogs something and they’re not quite grasping it, it can lead to a build-up of nervous energy because of the frustration we’re causing them. This can cause them to get more agitated.
Here are 8 things to know about dog zoomies:
1. There is a specific nomenclature for the zoomies in the medical community.
In the world of science, zoomies are referred to as “FRAPS,” which stands for “frenzied random activity periods.” Although it has been hypothesized that animals use FRAPs as a means of relieving stress, releasing pent-up energy, managing excitement, and playing, the true function of this behavior is still a mystery.
2. Zoomies are characterized by intense bursts of speed.
Dogs that are afflicted with zoomies will run in large circles and complete a number of laps, and they may also spin in a repeated manner. They frequently launch themselves into a quick sprint, with their rear end tucked as they move a crazy, enthusiastic look in their eyes, and a number of fast bends, spins, or unexpected changes in direction.
3. The zoomies are the culmination of a long line of ancestors.
When a dog gets amped up or aroused, when they go outside after being cooped up for a while, when they see another dog, when their favorite person arrives home, when it snows, or in any of these situations, they may experience a zoomie. It is also frequent after a few other events, such as receiving a bath, defecating, grooming, or being let out of a box or any other type of restraint for the first time.
4. Dog zoomies are usually an expression of joy and happiness.
Zooming in on a dog’s reaction can often be interpreted as a sign of joy and happiness. This behavior is often called “dog zoomies” and can be seen when dogs are excited, happy, or relieved. Dog zoomies occur when the dog’s mouth and eyes close tightly together, making their facial muscles contract. This gesture is typically followed by a wagging tail and vocalizations such as barking or whining.
5. Zoomies occur in both male and female dogs but are more common in larger breeds
Zoomies are a term used to describe a type of behavior in dogs that often results in them running around in circles. They are more common in larger breeds of dogs, but can occasionally occur in smaller breeds as well. Zoomies typically start out as playful movements, but can quickly become compulsive and disruptive. They can be a sign of anxiety or excitement, or they may be related to some other medical condition.
6. Dog zoomies are normal.
There is nothing wrong with this common dog behavior as long as your dog does not run around in an area that is risky, such as close to a road or through a section of the yard that has dangerous things in it. Even though zoomies aren’t an issue, owners of dogs who chase their tails may assume their pets have zoomies when, in reality, the dogs are exhibiting symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
7. Zoomies don’t last long.
An episode of the zoomies typically resolves itself in a matter of a few minutes or less. It is not common for them to last for more than ten minutes, despite the fact that this has been known to happen.
8. Although it can be challenging, it is feasible to put an end to dog zoomies.
Waiting for these fleeting acts out is typically the easiest course of action because it is difficult to halt a dog in the middle of a zoom. If the situation calls for it, you can divert their movement by sprinting away from them so that they chase you to a location that is safer. Alternately, you can direct a dog in the desired direction by tossing a toy in that direction.
The quicker your dog will come to you as their zoomies come to an end the better their ability to recall will be. It doesn’t matter what you do, you should never chase after a dog that is doing the zoomies because this will simply add more excitement to the situation and make it more difficult for your dog to settle down.