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Why Do Dogs Get Zoomies – And How To Manage Them?



It can come as a shock for new pet owners when their dogs suddenly get a quick burst of random energy and are circling around the room for minutes on end. Don’t panic, this is completely normal for puppies and older dogs to experience the term ‘zoomies’. Within this guide, we will cover what zoomies are, why do dogs get zoomies and when will they grow out of zoomies.

What are dog zoomies?

Dog zoomies, also known as FRAP (Frenetic Random Activity Period) attacks, are bursts of high activity and energy your dog exerts randomly. They usually don’t last long (typically a couple of mins) and you will know a zoomie episode when you see one; believe me! Your dog may suddenly start running around crazily from one end of the house to the other, or you may see your dog running in frantic circles.

Why do dogs get zoomies?

Dogs typically get zoomies for several reasons including overexcitement, pent up energy in puppies and young dogs, and after play time. Most dogs will outgrow zoomies as they get older, and it’s important to note - not all puppies will be affected by this strange behaviour.

Most owners tend to see a theme to the behaviour either noticing a spell of zoomies around the same time every day or, as part of some other regular routine, until the behaviour is outgrown.

Here’s a few scenarios where zoomies are most likely to occur..

• Zoomies before bed

Many pet owners observe puppy zoomies before bed, this is likely due to pent up energy that your puppy is trying to release before going for a kip.

• Zoomies after a bath

Some dogs will run around crazily in a rush of adrenaline after bath time. This adrenaline rush may be a way of getting rid of nervous energy that’s been pent up during the bath. Zoomies after a bath is their way of showing relief that bath time is finally over and they are excited to have survived the dreaded wash!

• Zoomies after eating

For food obsessed dogs (essentially every dog known to man) the anticipation of mealtime combined with the energy provided by the food creates a recipe of hyperactivity.

• Zoomies before/after walks

Walks are the most exciting part of a dog’s daily routine, so the release of excitement in anticipation of the walk may cause zoomies. Occasionally dogs will get zoomies after their walk as they are just so excited to be back home!

Does zoomies mean dogs are happy?

In most cases, we would presume yes, the zoomies are a sign of being happy and your dog is enjoying life. You want them to be able to express their happiness in this uncontrolled manner.

When do puppies grow out of zoomies?

Puppy zoomies would typically stop when they reach their teenage years, but it’s not uncommon for dogs to continue zoomies when they are 6-8 years old. Each dog is different so there’s no one rule for all.

How do you calm a dog during Zoomies?

It can be difficult to calm your dog down whilst amid an episode of dog zoomies. If you want your dog to calm down, you need to give them a clear signal that it’s not play time anymore. Don’t chase your dog, run around, or react to their burst of energy, as that might make them think it’s a game—and in turn, will make it much harder to calm them down.

Should I let my dog do Zoomies?

Yes, you should let your dog exert their energy as it will help them calm down for later. It’s important they release their pent-up energy as it will relieve stress. Just ensure the dog zoomies are done in a safe place e.g., inside the house and not outside in an uncontrolled environment.


Article written by Hayden Lloyd - Founder HWL Pet Supplies

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Janet Daniel
Janet Daniel
Nov 22, 2022

My 4 year old staffy cross loves Zoomies , usually when out on a walk , we never tire of watching her having so much fun.....

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