So you've finally made it home from work, cooked yourself a delicious dinner, and then served your dog his usual allotment of kibble and treats. Your favorite television show is currently on, and you are looking forward to resting on the couch and watching it with your family.
When you wake up the next morning, it's as though a tornado has just ripped through your home. Your knick-knacks have been knocked off the table, and your furniture has been moved without warning. What was it, exactly? It's a bird, of course! It's a plane, that's what! A fantastic puppy with a severe case of the zoomies has appeared!
The "Doggy Zoomies" are a new invention.
Technically called as "Frenetic Randomized Activity Moments" (FRAP), or more colloquially as "puppy crazy," dog zoomies (also known as "puppy crazies") are simply moments of intense activity. These bursts of hyperactivity are simply triggered by the existence of an excess of energy that occurs in specific situations.
Instances of zoomies are more common among puppies or young dogs; but, they can occasionally be observed in older dogs as well, for a brief period of time.
In most cases, dogs suffering from severe zoomies will create a crazy, playful expression as they execute a play bows with tail waving furiously side-by-side in a maniacal frenzy. Then they take off, racing up and down corridors with a hunched-up stance, dashing around tables or bouncing off sofas in a frenzy. New puppy owners have described them as "possessed by the devil" situations, in which their pups appear to be "inhabited by devil."
Zoomies are extremely popular in a variety of applications and situations. In previous articles, we discussed situations of dogs behaving erratically after taking a bath or dogs fleeing after pooping. Zoomies, on the other hand, can be observed after meals, particularly after dinner.
Having established what the canine zoomies are, a next issue is: why do dogs experience the zoomies after consuming food?
A Dog's Way of Celebrating His or Her Life
For many canines, the zoomies are simply a way of celebrating life; it is, in essence, a physical reflection of their excitement of being alive (joy of life). And what could be more deserving of celebration than the experience of fullness?
It was once necessary for dogs to work in order to find food, which meant that they sometimes had to live on a feast-or-famine schedule. Food was often in short supply, although it was also available in large quantities at other periods.
Domestic dogs no long have to seek or forage for food like their wild counterparts. They are already fed in gleaming bowls and then have the pleasure of knowing that they will be fed on a daily basis. Because they no long have to work as hard to get food, they frequently have an excessive amount of energy that could be depleted by running around it and playing with their friends. These are unquestionably wonderful aspects of life to be grateful for!
These postprandial pleasures also appear to be contagious on a regular basis. For those of you who have multiple dogs, you may have seen that after eating, one of them becomes energetic and the others are able to follow suit. After all, what could be better than enjoying the after-meal crazy with your canine companions?
How to Prevent Dog Zoomies: Some Pointers
Inviting your puppy to chase after you will allow him to burn off some excess energy in the yard as you dash towards the front door. With a large yard, your dog will have more room to spread his limbs and will be less likely to become harmed or to knock over objects in the yard. When you take your dog outside, encourage him to sniff and engage in other peaceful activities.
Use a sport of tug to divert your dog's attention away from more boisterous activities.
To keep the dog's mind challenged, schedule a training course or load some engaging food-dispensing toy with goodies to keep his head busy.
Walking the dog in the evening, soon after dinner, is recommended.
If you want to avoid the zoomies, avoid feeding your dog from the bowl and instead utilize feed dispensing toys such Kong Wobblers or organize exciting "treasure hunts" in which the kibble is hidden throughout the home.
Take the case of irritability. When puppies are overtired, they may become irritable and begin to act out in inappropriate ways. If your puppy is getting enough activity and cerebral stimulation, it's possible that all he or she has to learn is how to calm down and take a siesta. Providing a quiet environment (drawing the curtains to make the room darker) as well as a quiet pastime (such as nibbling on a secure chew toy) until the pup falls deeply asleep can be effective after a few moments of zoomies or playtime.
What can I do to persuade my dog to settle down after he has eaten?
Maintain a relaxed and short pace throughout your walk. If you wait many hours after he has finished his food, you can bring him for a lengthy stroll. It is not need to be concerned about his basic chewing on a toy, but if he exhibits signs of the a toothache, you should take them to the veterinarian.
What is it about my puppy that makes her go nuts every evening?
When your puppy exhibits this entirely natural activity, it is doing so in way of getting rid of surplus energy. Because frapping is a release of energy, you should expect to see that when the dog is extremely excited or lively. It appears that even adult dogs can have the zoomies, although it appears that the younger the dog, the more often it appears to occur.
Is it typical for pups to become obsessed with food?
Not only are puppy crazies common, and you're not alone in experiencing them; most puppies experience them at least once a day, and sometimes many times a day. For instance, if your puppy becomes agitated after eating... Give your dog a portion of your dinner. After that, take her outdoors so she may run around and go potty.