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The science behind zoomies

There’s nothing quite like admiring the sheer spectacle of a dog doing the Zoomies. But have you ever wondered why dogs do this? And whether there’s any purpose?

Zoomies are typically described as a sudden burst of energy, accompanied by crazy eyes, totally sporadic and random pattern of movement, lollygagging tongue and general lunacy that makes you chuckle. The fancy scientific name for this is Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPs.

So why do dogs do this? The short answer: they’re happy! 

There’s a few more theorised reasons as to why a burst of zoomies, or FRAPs happen, such as releasing stored up energy and allowing them to express their excitement with play. 

You may have noticed that your dog has a trigger for their zoomies. For some it’s when they’re revved up, being off lead after a period of inactivity, when they see another dog/favourite person. Anecdotally speaking, it seems very common for a dog to go frapping after doing a poop or getting wet. 

While most dog’s get a case of the zoomies every now and then, it’s more common in younger pups although it can still happen with seniors! Generally speaking, age, breed and personality are big factors in your dog’s zoomie intensity. 

Thankfully, Zoomies are totally normal. What/s important is making sure they aren’t zooming about in an area that’s unsafe (such as a road or near dangerous objects). They typically last only a few minutes so just sit back and watch the show as it’s an important expression of their happiness and excitement. Should you need to redirect them, you can simply encourage them to a safer area, such as outside. 

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If your dog has joint issues, you may want to limit access to stairs and couches so they don't attempt a jump that may end up causing injury. Be wary of slippery surfaces, such as wet tiles, which can be hazardous. 

If you’re noticing this behaviour frequently it may be a sign that they’re not getting enough exercise throughout the day. Consider increasing your walks where possible or engaging in mentally stimulating games/training to provide them with some brain challenges and enrichment.