“The Zoomies”

“The Witching Hour”

“FRAP – Frenetic Random Activity Period”

Whatever you want to call it, it’s chaos and sometimes downright scary if you’re not expecting it. What does it look like? It looks like your puppy is on fire. They’re racing around at top speed, not very gracefully, growling, barking, jumping, nipping, bouncing off furniture, stopping momentarily to give you “crazy-eyes” in a play-bow, and then take off again. 

You will be tempted to stop it, confine them, force them into a series of obedience-based behaviours like “sit” or “down”, you might yell, and if you’re the target of their teeth, you might yelp! 

Puppies usually experience the Zoomies at dusk and dawn – the most active (hunting) times for dogs, but it can happen any time. Sometimes it’s after the bath, or just after a walk, perhaps when they’re really tired and are approaching over-tired. 

What can you do about it? 

Get up on a chair or out of the way and let your puppy do their thing. Make sure the kids are out of the way and your older dog is protected. 

If you try to stop it, you’ll be putting a lid on a pot of boiling water and it’s going to blow. Stopping it is the worst thing you can do – you’ll get bitten! 

Video-record it as well…because it’s going to go away and you’ll likely reminisce later and miss these silly moments. 

Your puppy is not aggressive because of these Zoomies – they’re just normal puppies. 

Caveat: If you have a Bull Terrier, these Zoomies will turn into Bully Bursts – the adult version of the Zoomies and will last the entire life of the dog. Enjoy!