The Root of the Behavior
Zoomies is a natural behavior in dogs that don’t have a negative effect on their health. Triggers that often cause the zoomies are lack of exercise and being cooped up in the house or a crate for too long. Sometimes the trigger might not be noticeable until your dog suddenly starts zooming around the house or yard. All canines have the ability to have the zoomies but not all breeds will experience this energetic release. Dog breeds that are known to be calm don’t usually experience the zoomies, but dogs who are known as working dogs, herders, and high energy breeds are more likely to experience frapping. As a pet parent, you might feel concerned about your dog after the first time you saw him experience the case of the zoomies. Dogs who are in this brief state of releasing energy are often destructive when running around the house knocking over lamps, breaking vases, and damaging anything else that is in his path.
The zoomies happen without warning and are shocking to anyone who is nearby. Dogs tuck their bums under, crouch down close to the ground, and run faster than you can imagine. Some pet parents have reported their dog has run around on the edges of the furniture in a "Matrix" movie style frenzy which led to a concerned call to the veterinarian office. The zoomies last anywhere from a few seconds to one minute. The length of the zoomies is determined by the amount of energy your dog is trying to burn. If the zoomies episode lasts more than a minute or so on a regular basis, you need to consult with a veterinarian to assure a medical issue isn’t the cause. If a medical problem is not the cause, there are a variety of ways you can help lessen the number of times your dog experiences the zoomies.
Encouraging the Behavior
The zoomies is a natural behavior in dogs that don’t need any encouraging. Pet parents who have a dog that experiences the zoomies on a regular basis get used to the situation. Sometimes they begin to think it’s a cute or funny behavior. Think about how cute your dog will look running around the house like he’s in the "Matrix" movie. There’s no reason to stop the behavior because it isn’t harmful to your dog’s health. However, if you are tired of your dog getting the zoomies and breaking or damaging everything in sight, you can take steps to prevent the episodes from happening again.
One of the main causes of zoomies is built up energy your dog has stored inside that needs to be released. Your dog can’t experience zoomies if his body is physically tired. Taking your dog for a long walk, playing fetch in the yard, visiting a dog park, or simply letting your dog run around in the yard will help release energy and prevent frequent frapping. If you are away from home for hours at a time, you need to exercise your dog before you leave. This will help him rest while you are gone and prevent energy from building up.
Other Solutions and Considerations
An excellent solution for pet parents who spend a lot of time away from home is hiring a pet sitter or dog walker. This option allows you to provide exercise for your dog throughout the day which helps prevent frapping. If you work long hours and feel too tired to take your dog for a walk when you get home, a dog walker is an excellent alternative. You can also help prevent zoomies by involving your dog in your own hobbies such as running, jogging, walking, hiking, and swimming. If your dog has health issues, discuss exercise options for your dog’s specific situation.