This is Why Your Dog Has Those Random Bursts Of Energy

Brilliance | Dec. 11, 2017

You're having a low-key date night with your one and only—Milo, the mutt—when all of a sudden, your couch companion becomes a joy-crazed maniac. He gets a wild look in his eyes, chases his tail a few times, then begins to run laps around the house. If this sounds familiar, your pup is experiencing the Zoomies, or, as veterinarians call it, FRAPs (Frenetic Random Action Periods). They're odd to witness, but completely normal.

Why we're covering this:

Mean Case Of The Zoomies

It's not uncommon for dogs (especially puppies), to have a daily FRAP ritual. If they seem to run amok at around the same time every day, it's actually considered a healthy release of energy. Dogs need a way to let loose, and this special running/playing combination is the perfect method.

If you're not crazy about your pet frantically sprinting across your apartment in random bursts, we don't blame you. Veterinarians recommend incorporating planned FRAP time into your dog's daily routing (you know, away from your valuables). If you're unsure how to predict your dog's FRAPs, How Stuff Works has a good tip: "Often, a dog will leap up, and bow with its front legs down and tail furiously waggling as an invitation to play." Being able to spot pre-Zoomie behavior might save you a vase, or two.

Puppies Be Playin'

How can you stop a FRAP in its tracks? For puppies, you can try to crate them for a short timeout whenever they get the Zoomies. Another tactic to calm a dog down is to apply light pressure on their shoulder blades. FRAPs should subside with age, but who knows—like owner, like dog. Maybe you're both young at heart.

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