What to Do (and Avoid) When Your Dog Gets the Zoomies

Zoomies are a common way to identify dogs. They run at full speed and bounce off furniture or walls in their own parkour style. Zoomies might be the best description of the intense bursts of energy that you have just seen, but the technical term is Frenetic Random Activity Periods.

What should you do if your dog suddenly starts running around the yard or darting in circles? What will you do? Are they okay? Here's how to find out.

Are the zoomies to be worried about?

They are cute and fun to watch. However, if this is your first time spending time with dogs, you might be surprised at their high energy behavior and start to worry about their health. The American Kennel Club (AKC) says that zoomies are normal and completely natural. They are safe for dogs as long as they have plenty of space to roam and do their own thing. The zoomies last only a few seconds.

What to do and not do when your dog gets the zoomies

The zoomies are completely normal and not something to be concerned about, as we have already stated. Dogster says there is no reason to discourage or prevent a dog getting zoomies. However, it is a good idea for them to be able to see clearly. It's funny to see your dog slide on tile or hardwood floors, but you want to make sure they don't slip.

Avoid chasing dogs with zoomies. Here's how Sassafras Lowery of Dogster explains it.

You can make your dog misinterpret what you are doing by running after him. This will encourage him to run! Instead of running after your dog, you can run away from him in a direction that is free of dangers or roads. Then encourage your dog to follow your lead with a happy voice. You should be ready for these moments and have high-value toys and treats on you at all time.


The AKC also notes that dogs who have the zoomies are more likely to be having problems with their eyes.


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