Otherwise known in the oodle world as the doodle dash, the zoomies are one of the most beloved and endearing of doggy behaviors.
Zoomies take place indoors and out and involve your dog zipping back and forth at furious speeds. How you deal with the Cavapoo Zoomies is simple. Just sit back and watch your Cavapoo expend this excess buildup of energy, in one big burst.
When our Cavapoo Rosie has a bout of the zoomies she charges around the back yard in circles as if she is being chased by a baboon. Eyes glazed and with a grin on her slobbering chops, she grows and barks in delight.
The zoomies are more officially recognized as frenetic random activity periods (FRAP), in which your dog runs around frenetically. You could use this pent up energy in a more focussed way by taking your dog out for a run.. Whilst some dogs like to spin in wide circles others prefer to sprint a series of laps, or change direction erratically, often running so hard that it looks like their little legs are being left behind.
But what causes a bout of the zoomies, how long do they last and what is the correct way to deal with a dog when having them?
What causes dog zoomies?
Although we love the word zoomies as it perfectly describes this energetic dog behaviour, technically speaking it has a more scientific name known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods or “FRAP” for short.
It is thought that many animals in addition to dogs; such as goats, horses, bears and cats to name but a few; often FRAP in order to release pent up energy and excitement.
This is why you will often notice your Cavapoo zooming around when they first get to go outside, see another dog or meet up with their favourite person. The zoomies are also a common occurrence at the end of a bath, after a good groom or following a restful sleep.
Whilst everyday exhibits of the zoomies are perfectly normal for most dogs, if they happen more frequently then you may want to look at how much exercise your Cavapoo gets. Too much pent up energy can lead to boredom or destructive behavior, so it is always best to have a structured exercise routine with your dog.
How long should dog zoomies last?
This sudden burst of energy doesn’t tend to last too long. Often you will find that your Cavapoo charges around like a lunatic for just a few minutes at a time, although in some cases, especially if our children get involved, Rosie can keep frapping for in excess of 10 minutes.
Normally your dog will only reach this frenzy like state once a day, and it is quite common for them to exhibit this behavior like clockwork at exactly the same time and often in the same way.
For us, the zoomies tend to tie in with the children returning from school. As they all get chucked out into the garden to play, Rosie’s euphoria hits an all time peak. As she chases the girls around the backyard she rushes in and out of the house manically. It is so funny to watch as her ears flap like she is about to take off and her eyes start to glaze as she becomes completely oblivious to anything that may stand in her way.
Should I stop my dog from having the zoomies?
Although it is possible to stop your dog when they are having the zoomies, we strongly advise that you simply let these short bursts of energy play out naturally. It is completely normal for your dog to zoom around, and providing they are not in any danger, then frapping is completely harmless.
If you are concerned about your Cavapoos safety, then you can try and redirect their running to somewhere away from harm by throwing a toy or treat in the direction that you want your dog to go. Alternatively, if your dog has good recall then you may be able to call them and get them to calm down through soothing words and cuddles.
Sometimes this overexcitement can lead to certain negative behavior such as playful biting, nipping, barking, and jumping. Again, this is incredibly common with most dogs and nothing to worry about, but if this does start to become an all too familiar problem then why not try and redirect their attention to positive actions. This could be throwing a ball, engaging in a game of tug of war or heading out for a walk.
If you are finding that bad behavior such as biting is beginning to become a problem for your Cavapoo then our guide on how to stop a Cavapoo from biting may help.
Will my dog outgrow the zoomies?
Although the zoomies most often occur in puppies and younger dogs, this delightful phenomenon can strike dogs of all ages and breeds at various times of the day.
Younger puppies tend to have an abundance of excess energy, however, so their zoomies are more likely to go on for a lot longer.
How can I tell when my dog is about to get the zoomies?
The zoomies can take over your dog as if they are possessed and it is not unusual for your calm Cavapoo to suddenly leap up and begin charging around the room. That said, there are often some precursors to this behavior that you should look out for. These include:
- A mischievous glint in the eye
- A playful bow at you or other dogs
- Hysterical barking
Are Cavapoos hyperactive?
Cavapoos, in comparison to other dogs, are a moderate to low energy breed, but can still be playful at times as they love to run and explore. This agility combined with the breed’s excitable nature can make them a handful as puppies.
As your Cavapoo gets older you will start to notice that they can be hyperactive at home, racing around the house, especially if they have been left alone for short periods of time. They enjoy playing a fun game of tug of war or fetch and enjoy long walks with the family. All of this exercise and attention will ensure that your playful Cavapoo’s needs are met.
That said, your Cavapoo will be just as eager to enjoy a snuggle on the sofa or on your lap and will take as much love and attention as you can give them.
Watching Rosie have the zoomies is fun because she seems so happy and carefree. I am almost jealous of her wild abandonment and her ability to shake off the day with a good old run around. It is just a shame us humans are not able to enjoy a bout of the zoomies too!