So What Are The “Zoomies”?
Well, not to get too scientific on ya but it’s called…
Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPs.
One moment your pup is calmly eating. The next it is running around the house like there’s a fire burning under its tail. The “zoomies” can last several minutes. They can feel a lot longer when a dog rushes through a crowded home or worse…into you or someone else!
So, How Come Dogs Dash Around For No Apparent Reason?
They are just having fun. These spurts of energy, technically called frenetic random activity periods (FRAPs), are natural and seen in many species.
The zoomies may seem random, but a few triggers are common.
When you let your dog out of its crate, they may let out energy built up through the day.
You may come home after work and your dog runs around in a brief stint of exercise after a long nap.
After a bath, possibly to release nervous energy or excitement from getting bathed. Dogs’ full-body shakes are highly effective, so the post-bath time zoomies likely are not for drying off.
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Which Breeds “Zoom” More?
More athletic and high-strung dog breeds, like Australian shepherds, may do them more often than laid-back dogs. Probably because they need to let their energy out more frequently.