This Is Why Dogs Get 'The Zoomies'

September 20, 2017

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Most dog owners have experienced the zoomies. Suddenly your pup takes off in a wild sprint with no clear direction in sight, possibly crashing into things, yet he looks so happy in the process.

Many pet owners refer to this as "the zoomies," and for the most part they're a completely normal part of life for a dog.

Why Do Dogs Get the Zoomies?

The zoomies are also known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPS.

"FRAPs are a totally normal release of pent up energy," says Dr. Rachel Barrack of New York City's Animal Acupuncture.

"It's like a wind up toy that was wound to the max," says Dr. Jill Sackman, head of behavior medicine service at BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

"The zoomies are most likely a way to relieve stress," adds Sackman. "If a dog has put up with a less than desirable experience, such as a bath, a vet visit, or a day alone with minimal stimulation, FRAPs provide a way for that dog to expend energy and get some relief."

She compared it to something many humans can relate to: "It's like a little kid who is excited to finally be getting out of school."

Here are a few videos of "the zoomies" to brighten your day:

Propeller husky 
I'm SO excited to have my own goat! Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou

Yes, pigs get "the zoomies", too!


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