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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*drops mic* The A to Z Challenge 2015 is finished! See ya in May.

Jessica Shipman
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