The Zoomies: What Are Frenetic Random Activity Periods?

Any dog owner has seen it: that moment when a dog goes from 0-100 in a split second. One moment they’re just hanging out on the couch and then the next moment they’re sprinting up and down the hallway. Introducing the ZOOMIES. Luckily they’re totally normal and nothing to worry about. You just need to make sure they’re handled safely. Here’s our guide to the zoomies!

What Are the Zoomies?

The technical name for this occurrence is Frenetic Random Activity Periods, or FRAPs. These periods are when a dog goes from calm or sedentary to suddenly running around like a wild animal. Don’t get stressed out though. This behavior is a sign that your dog is healthy and just behaving, well, like a normal dog. These periods are just a sign of a little pent up energy and shouldn’t last more than a few minutes.

What Causes the Zoomies?

The zoomies are theorized to be caused by two different reasons. Either they’re a source of playful excitement or a sign of stress. They could also be caused by both.

Picture a young kid who just arrived at a birthday party full of other screaming children. That kid gets REALLY hyper and excited and starts running around trying to say hello to everyone and join in the fun, right? A similar situation might occur when your dog gets super amped up and happy and gets the zoomies.

Here’s a second scenario: Imagine a high schooler finally getting to go outside after a long day of exams. That student practically explodes out the doors of the school and runs to the school bus. There’s nothing wrong with the kid, they just have a lot of pent up energy from stress and being still all day! The zoomies are pretty much the same thing.

How to Safely Manage the Zoomies

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. While the zoomies are harmless, it’s important that you manage them safely. They could be a problem if your dog gets uncontrollably hyper near a busy road or in your living room filled with fragile china.

The zoomies are one of many reasons why it’s important to regularly exercise your dog. Daily walks, runs or games of fetch are great ways to release pent up energy. Just make sure your dog is contained by a leash or high fence so they don’t get into trouble. Doggie daycare is a great option for working folk with a busy schedule.