Dog Education - The Zoomies: Their sudden bursts of energy

Dog Education - The Zoomies: Their sudden bursts of energy


The Zoomies

Most dog owners have witnessed their dog get a burst of energy, which is commonly called "the zoomies"

Dogs are known for these outbursts - a period of high exuberance and excitement where they run around wildly. This usually lasts for a few minutes and are followed by a period of rest. 

And let's all admit... it's hilarious!!

Dogs exhibit this behavior when they are playing, running around after being caught, or simply excited. While the zoomies may be amusing to watch, it is important to make sure that your dog has a safe place to run around. 

Let's zoom into this article to learn all things zoomies!

Zoomie dog doing a big jump in the yard

Dogs are full of energy and love to run around

It’s in their nature. They were bred to be hunters and running is how they tracked down prey. Even today, dogs love to run and play fetch. It’s what makes them happy.

There are a lot of good reasons to let your dog run around. It’s a great activity for them. A tired dog is a good dog. 

They’re less likely to bark excessively, dig holes in the yard, or chew on your favorite shoes.

Running also helps dogs stay healthy. It strengthens their muscles and bones, and it helps them maintain a healthy weight. Dogs that get enough exercise are less likely to suffer from obesity-related health problems like joint pain, diabetes, and heart disease.

So go ahead and let your dog run around the house or yard. It’s good for them—and it’s good for you, too. You’ll both be happy and healthy as a result.

A Classic case of the dog zoomies

What are zoomies and why do dogs get them?

The zoomies are a normal dog behavior and are bursts of pent-up energy that have been characterized by running around the house in circles. 

It's also called FRAP, the technical name is Frenetic Random Activity Periods

Puppies, young dogs, and older dogs all get the zoomies when they're excited, happy, or need to release nervous energy. They might also get them after a bath, during a car ride, or after playing fetch.

Zoomies are not harmful and usually only last for a few minutes, but it's important to make sure your dog has a safe place to run around if they're prone to getting them.

If you have a dog that gets zoomies, enjoy the show and try not to get dizzy!

large dog jumping around with a clear case of the zoomies

How to tell if your dog is getting the zoomies

If you've ever seen your dog run around in circles, you may have wondered what was going on. Are they happy? Excited? Or are they just plain crazy?

In fact, there's a scientific explanation for why dogs get the zoomies: it's called "the frenzy response". And it's not just limited to dogs; cats, rabbits, and even humans can experience it.

So what causes the frenzy response? It's actually a release of built-up energy. Dogs (and other animals) build up energy throughout the day through exercise, play, and just general excitement. 

And when they finally have a chance to let loose, all that comes rushing out at once in a burst of pure joy.

Zoomie dog running in a field

What to do when your dog gets the zoomies

When your pup gets the zoomies, it's important for a dog owner to remain calm and take control. Here are four steps to help you do that.

  1. Keep your voice and excitement level low.
  2. Do not chase your dog. Unless you're like me and love the zoomies then go ahead and hype your pup UP!
  3. Be prepared to stop your dog if they get too close to something dangerous. This could include cars, other animals, breakable furniture (like a coffee table), or even people.
  4. Provide an outlet for the case of the zoomies, such as running in a safe room/area or playing with a toy.

If you follow these steps as pet parents, you'll be able to help your dog calm down and prevent any accidents.

Small dog Zooming around looking cute

How to help your dog calm down after getting the zoomies

The zoomies are nothing to worry about, but sometimes you just need to calm them down! There are a few things you can do to help them settle. 

Try to get them to relax by playing with them or giving them a bone or toy to chew on. If that doesn't work, you can also try using a loud noise to get their attention.

Once you have their attention, try to get them to sit or lie down and stay calm.

If you're like us and think the zoomies are funny, let them run around in the house or an open space. Allow your dog to have this moment of pure bliss and let out that pent-up enthusiasm!

Remember, the zoomies are normal behavior for dogs and nothing to be concerned about. Just be patient or help them calm down, and they'll be back to their normal selves in no time!

Dog with the zoomies playing with his tug of war rope

Fun ways to wear out your dog's zoomie energy

Dogs are naturally energetic beings, and they need a way to let off steam or they'll become restless and destructive. Here are some fun ways to wear out your pets' zoomie energy.

Take them for a walk or run

Throw on your dog's leash and take them on a good old-fashioned walk. This is a fail-proof way to get some active time and wear out your dog. If you have a backyard, let them run around and play fetch or chase after a ball.

Dog with the zoomies in a large open field with plenty of room to play

Go to the dog park

Dog parks are great because they provide a large open space for your dog to run around and play with other dogs. It's a great way for them to socialize and burn off some physical energy.

Go for a swim

If you have access to a pool or lake, swimming is a great way to cool off and get some exercise. Just make sure you supervise your dog at all times and keep them on a leash if they're not good at swimming.

Zoomie dog jumping into a pool

Play fetch.

This is another classic game that's great for getting some exercise. You can play it inside or outside, and there are a variety of different toys you can use, such as a tennis ball, Frisbee, or even a toy that dispenses treats.

Play tug-of-war

Play time!! This is a classic game that never gets old. It's a great way to bond with your dog while also getting them some exercise.These are just a few fun ways to wear out fur babies' zoomies. Get creative and see what other activities you can come up with. Remember, it's important to tire them out mentally and physically so they can be happy and well-behaved.

Dog wanting to go for a walk carrying his lease

Fun facts about the zoomies

Zoomies are a well-known phenomenon in the dog world. But what exactly are they? And why do dogs get them? Here are some fun facts about the zoomies that might surprise you.

  • The zoomies are also known as FRAPS – Frenetic Random Activity Periods.
  • They usually happen when a dog is excited, tired or stressed.
  • The zoomies can last for a few seconds to several minutes.
  • During the zoomies, dogs will often run around in circles, zig-zag patterns or figure eights.
  • Panting and drooling are common during the zoomies.
  • Dogs of all ages including puppies and breeds can experience the zoomies.
  • Some experts believe that the zoomies are a way for dogs to release pent-up energy or tension.
  • Others believe that the zoomies are simply a case of dogs enjoying the feeling of pure joy and freedom.
  • There is no need to worry if your dog has a case of the zoomies. However, if you notice that your dog is having them more often, it might be a good idea to speak to your vet or figure out a way to get your dog more active!
a playful dog zooming left and right in the yard

When to be concerned about your dog's zoomies

While the zoomies can be entertaining to watch, there are times when it's important to be concerned about your dog's zoomies. Here are a couple of things to be aware of when it comes to the zoomies!

If your dog is zooming excessively, it could be a sign of too much energy. Dogs that are cooped up or don't have enough active time are often the ones that zoom the most. 

If your dog gets the zoomies all the time, it's important to make sure they're getting enough physical stimulation and playtime.

If your dogs get the zoomies and seem to be in pain, it could be a sign of something wrong. Dogs can't tell us when they're hurt, so we have to rely on their behavior to clue us in. 

If your dog is zooming and yelping or crying, it's time to take them to the vet to see what's wrong.

tiny dog with a furry face with the zoomies at home in the yard

Generally speaking, zoomies are nothing to worry about and are just most dogs' way of releasing excess energy. 

However, pay attention to their behavior and if it's out of the ordinary, look into it! If not, enjoy watching your pup let out those bursts and have a good laugh! 

Give them a treat after because...why not! :)Tell us your funny zoomie stories, We'd love to hear them!! 

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