2 white french bulldogs playing in the park. They have the zoomies

Why does my dog get the zoomies?

Does your fur baby burst into zoomies out of nowhere? Don't worry, mine too. At home, at the park, during the day and even at 3 in the morning (that one I didn't find so cute)

When we feel a sudden surge of energy, excitement, or relief, we may engage in sudden bursts of physical activity, such as running, jumping, or dancing. This type of behaviour is often seen in response to joyful events or situations, and is a natural expression of human emotions. Just like humans, dogs also need to release pent-up energy and engage in physical activity to maintain good health and well-being.

What are zoomies?

Believe it or not there is a scientific name for the zoomies. The University of Adelaide reports them as Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs).

Zoomies are a common phenomenon among dogs where they suddenly burst into high energy, running, jumping and playing. It's a release of pent-up energy and can happen at any time, whether after a long walk or even in the middle of the night. Zoomies are a form of play behaviour and can be seen in dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages.

The exact cause of zoomies can vary from pooch to pooch, but some factors that contribute include:

  1. Boredom: Dogs with lots of energy and not enough stimulation may resort to zoomies to burn off some steam.

  2. Excitement: A sudden burst of excitement, such as when a favourite toy is thrown or when a new person enters the room, can trigger zoomies.

  3. Poo-phoria: They may feel free and relieved from holding that poop in all day (can relate). Sometimes if dogs have a little bit of poop stuck to them, they may also run around to escape from it.

  4. Anxiety: Sometimes dogs may exhibit zoomies as a way of coping with stress or anxiety.

  5. Genetics: Certain breeds are known for having high energy levels, such as Australian Shepherds, French Bulldogs or Border Collies, and may be more likely to exhibit zoomies.

Regardless of the cause, zoomies are a natural and healthy form of play for dogs. While they may be startling to witness, they are not harmful and should be allowed to run their course. In fact, allowing your dog to have zoomies can help to relieve pent-up energy and reduce stress. It's just their way of having fun and letting off steam!

dog playing on the ground with a dog toy

Should I be worried?

There is usually no danger associated with zoomies, but there are a few precautions that pet owners should keep in mind:

  1. Safety: Ensure that your dog has a safe space to run and play without getting injured or running into objects.
  2. Consideration for others: If your dog has zoomies in public, be considerate of others and make sure your dog does not run into or jump on other people or animals.
  3. Health issues: If your dog suddenly starts having frequent or intense zoomies, it may be a sign of an underlying health issue, such as anxiety or an overactive thyroid, so it's best to consult with a veterinarian.

    In general, zoomies are a normal and healthy behaviour for dogs and pose little danger as long as they are supervised and allowed to occur in a safe environment.

    What to do if you are concerned about your dog's behaviour

    If you are concerned about your dog's zoomies or behaviour, there are several steps you can take:

    1. Consult a veterinarian: Your dog's zoomies may be a sign of an underlying health issue, so it's important to rule out any medical problems by visiting a veterinarian.

    2. Increase exercise and mental stimulation: Providing your dog with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation can help to reduce the frequency and intensity of zoomies.

    3. Modify the environment: If your dog's zoomies are becoming a problem, try to modify their environment to create a safer and calmer space.

    4. Training and behaviour modification: Consider working with a professional dog trainer or behaviourist to address any underlying behavioural issues and to learn how to modify your dog's behaviour.

    It's important to remember that every dog is unique and what works for one may not work for another. Consult with a professional to determine the best course of action for your individual pet.

    So it's normal right? I have nothing to be worried about?

    Yes, many pet owners find their dog's zoomies to be entertaining and amusing. Zoomies can be a wild and frenzied display of energy and playfulness, which can bring a smile to the face of anyone watching. However, it's also important to ensure that your dog's zoomies are safe and do not pose a danger to them or others. And if in doubt contact your veterinarian.

    So next time your fur baby bounds into an episode of the zoomies, rest easy, sit back and enjoy the show! 

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    1 comment

    Poo-phoria is my new favourite term 😆


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