Why Do Dogs Get the Zoomies?

They are excited

In many cases, dog zoomies are caused by excitement and can occur whenever your pup gets into a high-energy state.

They are anxious

On the flip side, dog zoomies could be a sign of discomfort. For example, if your pup tends to get the zoomies after a high-stress walk or a trip to the vet, the behavior could be a result of anxiety.

How should owners respond to dog zoomies?

How do you calm a dog that’s deep in the zoomies? If your dog gets the zoomies on a regular basis, it’s worth mentioning the behavior to your vet or a professional who’s trained in behavior analysis.

From there, a professional can create a plan for your pup to help you cope. “The plan might be that the behavior is no big deal and to ignore it,” says Dr. Christensen.

Ultimately, the goal is to make sure your dog is comfortable. “While I’m not trying to rain on anybody’s parade, sometimes dogs who are doing what people call the zoomies are not having fun,” says Dr. Christensen.