Has this ever happened to you and your pup? You’re laying around hanging out together when suddenly your pooch gets excited for no apparent reason and starts zooming around uncontrollably. The hectic display of energy seemed to come out of nowhere with no provocation. You might wonder what set off your pup – most likely, your furry friend has a harmless case of the zoomies.

Common questions and misconceptions

Given the fact that zoomies appear to come out of thin air and can make your dog rambunctious, it’s helpful to understand what they are and if you should worry. Read on to discover the causes of the zoomies and what you can expect when your pooch suddenly goes wild.

What are dog zoomies?

There’s actually a technical term for the zoomies – FRAPS, which stands for frenetic random activity periods. These sudden bursts of energy are thought to allow dogs to release pent-up energy and excitement, and to relieve stress. Your pooch will run around in an animated state for a short period of time until the energy works its way out. This display of frantic activity is often followed by your pet flopping down and panting in a contented heap.

Zoomies generally start with a sudden burst of speed. Many pups suddenly break into a furious run. Their back and bottom will tuck under as they run, and they’ll appear to be wildly excited. They may also make some sharp turns and spins while experiencing a case of the zoomies.  

If there’s enough room, pups will run in wide circles in a series of laps. If you’ve ever wondered why your dog runs in circles, it may be that your pup is experiencing a case of the zoomies when this occurs. Some dogs with the zoomies also will chase their tails, but be careful that these outbursts of energy don’t become destructive.

Are puppy zoomies normal?

On that note, should you be worried if your pup suddenly starts bouncing around like a maniac? Thankfully no, zoomies are completely normal. As long as your dog is in a safe space for the zoomies to occur, these displays of playful energy are nothing to be concerned about. In fact, many dog owners find that pups tend to be in a good mood when the zoomies hit.

If you have more than one dog, one pup’s case of the zoomies can be infectious. Within moments, the whole gang is likely to join in on the fun.

The zoomies are known to affect many different breeds of dogs. They’re most common in younger dogs but can hit at any age, although they tend to come less frequently as dogs age. Because zoomies are a way for pups to burn up extra energy, frequent bouts may be a sign that they aren’t getting enough exercise.

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How can I know the zoomies are about to start?

Zoomies often begin with an excited expression on your pup’s face or play-bowing at you. They may even get a mischievous glint in their eyes. Some common triggers of the zoomies include bath time, which often triggers a case of FRAPS. Some dogs become excited by visitors, other dogs, or even their meals.

When a dog is released from their crate or let outside, the zoomies can also be sparked. Some dogs get the zoomies in response to the first snowfall of the year. You’ll often know your dog is about to get the zoomies because they’ll become especially playful right before taking off running.

I want to know how to stop dog zoomies

Zoomies are normal and short-lived. However, if they are in a dangerous or undesirable environment such as around breakables or on slippery hard floors where you need to control your pup’s behavior, there are some things you can do.

First, don’t chase your excited pooch. Doing that will only make your furry friend even more excited. Instead, lead them away from areas you want to avoid. Throw a ball or toy to a better location or run and have them chase you to a safer spot. Eventually they will tire themselves out and calm down.

Let them tire themselves out

The best way to respond to the zoomies is to let your furry friends run until they’re pooped out. Most zoomies just last a few minutes and can provide some entertainment for those watching. If the behavior is occurring multiple times a day, however, it may be time to take note and start exercising them more. The next time the zoomies come along, go on a walk or run or play a game of catch with your pup. The zoomies can be a good indicator and way for you both to get some time outside together.

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