You might have seen your dog experience seemingly random bursts of energy. They may start spinning in circles, running around, or jumping up and down. Also known as the zoomies, these random bursts of energy can make your dog act a little crazy. But why do they happen in the first place?
What are zoomies?
Zoomies are a type of Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs) in which dogs usually repeat a behavior quickly and excitedly for seemingly no reason. While these energy bursts can seem out-of-the-blue, there’s usually a reasonable explanation as to why the occur when they do.
Why do zoomies happen?
Dogs experience zoomies when they have an excess of built-up energy. For example, a dog locked in a kennel most of the day will probably experience zoomies after being let out. Or, in stressful situations, dogs can experience the zoomies in an effort to burn off the nervous energy.
Though, zoomies can also happen when your dog is totally normal. Sometimes, dogs will get the zoomies right after they wake up due to the excess energy they gained while sleeping.
My dog has the zoomies all the time – what do I do?
Zoomies are completely normal occasionally, but if your dog runs frantically all the time, it might be a sign your dog isn’t getting enough mental or physical stimulation. Some great ways to encourage your dog’s brain power include taking them for a walk in a new area, teaching them tricks, or creating problem-solving puzzles for them to solve.
Overall, though, zoomies are normal and healthy in moderation. As long as your dog’s running in a safe, hazard-free area, it can’t hurt you or your pooch. Sometimes your dog just needs to run wild and free!