What on earth are the Zoomies? Well according to Urban Dictionary, Zoomies are…

“When your dog runs around the house like crazy jumping on the couch, running up and down the stairs, and all over the house. It usually ends with them falling to the floor, panting like crazy and taking a nap.”

That’s pretty spot on. Trust me. If you ever encounter the Zoomies, you’ll know it.

Zoomies are really just random bursts of energy and are completely normal. They are more common in puppies and young dogs, but senior dogs can Zoomie too! Some behaviorists and trainers refer to these episodes as FRAPs (Frenetic Random Activity Periods), but I think I like the term Zoomies a bit better.

Luna gets the Zoomies during playtime

While getting the Zoomies is normal behavior, it can wreak havoc on a small house or apartment. If it’s an issue, one way to avoid the Zoomies is to make sure your dog is thoroughly exercised. A tired dog is less likely to have a sudden energy burst! You can also learn what triggers your dog to Zoomie and perform that cue outside and off leash where there is more space.

I wouldn’t recommend triggering the Zoomies when your dog is on leash since dogs can move very quickly and erratically and could harm themselves or someone else.

One of Luna’s major triggers is water. She always has to get her Zoomie on after a bath or after coming inside from the rain. I think it is part of her drying off ritual.

Does your dog get the Zoomies?

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Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Oh yes the lovely zoomies lol. Laika, just like Luna gets them after a bath every single time. Not the outside getting rinsed off by the hose bath, just the indoor ones. When she was young she’d get the zoomies sometime between 10 and 11 at night which was a reminder that oh my gosh ‘she still has this much energy left over for the day???’

    • beaglesbargains

      Luna gets them after getting wet outside, but only once she gets inside! They are a great reminder of how much energy some dogs have!

  • Kate Obrien

    Only our dog Sally got zoomies…we used to call it butt-tucking.

    • beaglesbargains

      Butt-tucking? How funny! There are so many names for it!

    • robyn I.

      My daughter calls it the “butt-tuck-and-run” and we thought she was the only one!

  • Oz theTerrier

    Hahaha! I do the zoomies after a bath or being out in the rain too! I bet Luna and I are just trying to outrun the water!

    • beaglesbargains

      Just get it off!!

  • LittleMonsterx14

    I never know there was a word for this! My cat does this all the time. She will just be licking herself, minding her own business, when she just leaps up and runs all around the house like a lunatic.

  • Emma

    We love doing zoomies in the yard!

  • LOL Sookie also gets the zoomies after a bath. πŸ™‚

  • I love Zoomies. Love that wild-eyed look they get in their eyes!

  • Talent Hounds

    Kilo the Pug gets the major Zoomies after every walk – he does not do really long runs or walks but goes out every hour or two to avoid bathroom accidents. He really enjoys walking on our large block but Zoomies seem to be his way of relaxing when he is back safe in the house. He also randomly gets them through the day. I do training every 2 hours and play Go find/fetch to occupy him so he is calmer. He always gets them after getting wet- he hates that. He is like a Ninja Pug and can go so fast over floors and furniture. Funnily enough I asked the vet yesterday about Zoomies. In Kilo’s case he is a bit anxious/hyper. I am hoping he will be able to do agility once he is less reactive and more obedient.

  • Stephen Tremp

    Zoomies! If this word is not in the dictionary, it should be Thanks for all your posts during A to Z!

    Stephen Tremp
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    Z is for Zombie

  • Molly Mew can be sleeping one minute and zooming the next. Us dogs however, are not the zoomie type but I do love to go out to my front yard to show the world that I am clean πŸ™‚

    • beaglesbargains

      I feel like you would prance rather than zoom! And there is nothing wrong with that!

  • Our two older dogs get zoomies in the yard sometimes, but our youngest used to get them in the house. I think part of it was because he knew it made me nuts…lol. Fun post, thanks for sharing it on the hop!

  • My kitties get the zoomies! Hopefully one day I will have a video camera and I will be able to show the world just how playful these kitties really are. Sometimes you are just watching tv and a cat will go flying past you!

  • annstaub

    I’m glad Shiner mostly gets her zoomies when she’s outside, but there are ways that I can trigger them indoors I’ve learned. If I start scratching her butt real good and singing a song that gets her worked up she’ll go crazy! (although now she’s pretty deaf, so I’m not sure how well she can hear it anymore) She used to be really crazy and run from couch to couch like a mad woman lol.

  • HuskyCrazed

    Oh boy! My huskies are BIG fans of the zoomies! hahaha!

    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  • Sierra M. Koester

    Sometimes my cat, Carmine, get what I call “The Midnight Crazies.” He runs around and usually ends up jumping to the top of the kitchen cabinets! It is really funny, and he seems to enjoy himself. πŸ™‚

  • Our pups have the Zoomies after their baths as well πŸ˜‰ They usually have very brief ones after we get back inside from our backpack morning walks ~ kind of like the icing on top of our morning exercise. After that, the flop down in the living room & watch me prepare their breakfast!

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  • Michelle Wolff

    I love it when animals get the zoomies!

  • Daniel Scott

    My dogs get the zoomies when the weather changes from hot summers to the cool fall mornings. I love the zoomies, but we have a play area in the house for them to run them out..

  • We love the zoomies! Mostly Charlie does them from time to time, but every now and then Harley gets the itch and does some zooms! I love it because it reminds me that a playful pup is in my old boy!

  • Sydney gets the zoomies and it was tough when she had an injury. She’s been doing them since she was 8 weeks old and I love that we have space for her to run like crazy. She’s doing it more now that she’s getting into better shape. Pray for us.

  • Nelly and Sophie both get the zoomies after a bath. Theo not so much.

  • Cathy C Bennett

    Harley has taught Jax how to roomie, and it’s hilarious to watch!

  • Rachel Hopple

    Our 4 dogs (ages 2-10) get the zoomies every so often….LOVE watching them!

    • beaglesbargains

      That sure sounds like a party! I bet it’s fun!

  • Joan Murphy Snow

    I always think of the zoomies as a joyous things,like a happiness that can not be contained and must be expressed.

    • beaglesbargains

      I agree! I think they are fun and great to watch!

    • C J

      Definitely happiness! Pure joy! And joy for us who get to watch, for sure.

  • RC

    My catahoulas get the “zoomies” from about 8-9pm every night. I always
    figured it was a burst of energy from eating (at ~7:30) If I’ve got the back
    door closed, couches beware! Usually i can just yell (’cause they can’t hear me
    over their own noise) “TAKE IT OUTSIDE!” … and they do. I’m lucky that i have
    a backyard that allows them to get up to top speeds running laps. My two year
    old, who must be in the lead at all times, will come back in panting, get a
    drink and literally fall over on the kitchen floor. My one year old always has
    5 more minutes of energy.

    • beaglesbargains

      Those definitely sound like the zoomies! We are super jealous of your backyard! Hopefully someday for us!

  • Patricia Hatch Wallace

    On of my goldens did this frequently until she had knee surgery at 4, but now that she’s 7 we see it occasionally. I always called it “rocket dogging.” She does it especially when she is super-excited to see someone she doesn’t see often, or when she feels different textures under her feet–like grass to sand is a trigger. It’s hilarious! I have another golden we’ve had since she was a year old–I’ve never seen her do it and she is now 6.

  • Allison Chiliak

    Jax (Chi-Pin) gets the zoomies whenever he is allowed off-leash in a park by himself, and just runs in random circles for a few minutes until he feels better haha and water is definitely a trigger for him as well, bath time always ends with frantic zoomies. It’s great entertainment! My Borador doesn’t seem to get them, he controls his excitement by going and getting a toy to carry around and show off.

  • Cassie

    We calΕ‚ them PSYCHO CIRCLES in our house – 2 1/2 year old lab, nearly bowls us over!

  • Corgis are big zoomers. It delights my heart to see my two go at it!

  • Melissa Haylock

    I’ve never come across a non-Husky person calling them the Zoomies before! And I had no idea it was in the Urban Dictionary!. My 2 Huskies get them most days. Often after swimming or doing a poo lol. Often they are just random though. If you think a beagle can cause damage doing zoomies, wait til you see 2 30kg dogs doing them! You better get out of the way, STAT

    • beaglesbargains

      Oh I bet! Fortunately Luna doesn’t cause much damage!

    • Faceless

      haha, I have two great danes (the biggest dogs, yep even bigger then huskies) that have zoomies all the time. It does not feel great having 120-200 pounds of 30-34 inches of dog bouncing on you, I can tell you that haha.

  • Ted will do it once in a while, but my cat did it every night around 10 pm.

  • mvlinn21

    We call them fanny tuck freak outs because my girls tuck their tails a freak out!

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  • Simone Winders

    My dogs get them at least three times a day! Except we have three dogs… A 7 year old Lab,a 3 year old American Pitbull and a 11 month old American Staffy cross Blue heeler all female. πŸ˜› They always destroy stuff when they get the zoomies. πŸ˜›

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  • CgirlNY

    So happy to read articles and see videos of the exact behavior of my dog. He does it after a bath, after being in the rain, and when it’s cool outside. He goes crazy in snow. He get an incredible burst of energy that cannot be contained. Thank goodness for hardwood floors and lots of stairs. They impede his reign of terror.

  • Amy A

    Great video of Luna’s Zoomies. Nala gets them after a bath too.

  • SGilbert

    We call Zoomies Crazy Dog! Schooner and Skipper like to run around the house doing crazy dog and I think it is because they just needs to stretch they legs or they are wanting some attention.

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  • Helga

    Zoomies is the word! My two furkids get them every day and revel in their zoomie power.

  • Christine Aiello

    I don’t think Coco has ever experienced a Zoomie. But I think it would be fun to see at least once!

  • Carolyn

    My dog gets zooms after baths too. And sometimes after coming in from a bathroom trip -almost like now I can move since I am not full anymore.

    I can give my dog zoomed by laying her down on her back & rubbing her up & down a couple times like a wind up toy.

  • Ellen Reardon

    happens to apollo all the time!

  • Richard Bernstein

    We call it “going bererk

  • Jgraham

    My dog gets the “zoomies” even if he is taken out for a walk or out to release energy. He’s an 8month old “Greagle”(Greyhound/Beagle mix,purposely bread).My son laughs and laughs at it and we just love our dog so much!

  • Maryann Royster

    My dog also get the zoomies after a bath. My neighbor’s dog gets the zoomies outside just before she is ready to poop.

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  • Michael T

    Bull terriers are notorious for this. They also call it hucklebutting.
    Mine does it when he’s happy! Clean and fresh after a bath, or after a long walk.

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  • Jodi

    This is my Frenchie and his zoomies. The very end is quite funny when he peeks from behind the bed!

  • Tanika

    I LOVE when my fur kids get the zooms!

  • Erin Topp

    When my dogs were younger they used to get the zoomies. Now they are a little too old to act so silly :).

  • MagdaH97 .

    Oh, thank god, I got worried when my puppy suddenly started to run around like crazy, I’m glad it doesn’t mean that something’s wrong with him

  • Ariana Terry

    omg this article makes me have hope that this behavior MIGHT stop lol. I have a 4 month old coonhound who 75% of the time or more goes outside, enjoys herself, goes potty, ect but then the other times a tree branch, moss patch or us working in the yard makes her go insane. She starts braying at us or the branch, runs laps around the yard or us. Whats worrying is that this continues when I try and catch her… being a hound she has a very loud BAROO! and I am afraid of driving the neighbors nuts. I also dont want her learning she can ignore being caught or that its ok to act out towards us.. branches are ok, we are not. She has worn herself out so much I was worried and today hurt herself as I threw a stick for her to catch.. she just ran into it. Luckily she was ok and I will avoid that attempt to get her out of it! Anyone have any suggestions?

  • Kirk Emsley

    My 50kg utonagan gets the zoomies it can be a bit crazy but she never breaks anything

  • Bianca Majano

    Lol we call it zombies when my pit/lab mix did it I was scared out of my mine I Google it and was so happy to see it wasn’t anything bad that I misread the word zoomies and until my dog was a year old I seen a YouTube video and the dog was doing zoomies and that’s when I seen my error l laugh so hard with my kids but we still call it zombies lol and my 70 pound pup lol 2 year old does zombies everyday when we come back home

  • Kayla Lussier

    My dog always gets the zoomies, especially when we go to the lake or go visit my family, it’s so hilarious!