Zoomies – that witching hour when your puppy runs around, barks, nips and generally resembles something that is possessed.
Every dog does this and it makes most owners worry! More technically, these episodes are called Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPs.
Why does my puppy have Frenetic Random Activity Periods?
Just as we have natural peaks and troughs in our energy, so do dogs. Raise your hand if you always get tired after lunch? Yep, me too!!
Dogs are crepuscular – meaning they hunt at dawn and dusk. Their DNA is designed to have a natural peak in energy levels at these times.
An increase in energy levels is natural, but we add to this energy surge by feeding them dinner around 5-6pm. This leads to an increase in blood sugar levels which converts into muscle energy, resulting in the Zoomies. When dogs get the Zoomies, they are releasing energy and relieving stress.
Its common for some dogs also get the Zoomies after a bath when they are wet. Even though its unknown why they do this, its considered as normal behaviour so do not worry.
Similarly, puppies often crash after a mad run around, they may even become frenzied, bite more or become difficult to settle. It can also be quite amusing if you are not on the receiving end of those sharp teeth.
How can we manage the Zoomies?
- the first thing to say is don’t try and stop it, you will get a bitey, angry puppy
- allow your puppy space and stay out of the way so you don’t become a target
- keep other animals out of the way
- make sure the space is safe, avoid floors which they can slide on and injure themselves
- have lots of items on the floor for your puppy to throw around and shake
- to slow them down, scatter a few tasty treats on the ground for them to discover
- make sure there is fresh water available as they will drink a fair bit once they calm down
- give them a calm down area for them to crash in afterwards and leave them undisturbed
Its important to note, if your dog gets the Zoomies often, for example – at different times throughout the day and not just at peak energy times; it could be a sign that your dog is bored, stressed, or not getting enough exercise and/or mental stimulation. Use interactive feeding and chewing to keep them from getting bored and to provide mental exercise.
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If you are experiencing Zoomie problems with your puppy, contact us to discuss how we can help you – virtually.