Why Do Doodles Get The "Zoomies"?

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What Are "Zoomies"?

Ah, the "zoomies" – those moments when your Doodle transforms into little tornadoes of energy, whizzing around our homes in wild abandon. It's a sight that never fails to make us smile and wonder, "What on earth is going on in their furry little heads?"

"Zoomies", or frenetic random activity periods (FRAPs), are those glorious moments when your Doodle exhibit sudden bursts of energy that seem to come out of nowhere. It's like they've been saving up all their pent-up excitement and just need to let it all out. You might see them running in wide circles, spinning around, or engaging in some other crazy, repetitive behavior.

These energetic outbursts are completely normal Doodle behavior. In fact, Doodles absolutely love zooming around! It's their way of releasing excess energy and having a good time. And as Doodle owners, we can't help but be entertained by the pure joy and enthusiasm they display during these brief moments.

Why Do Doodles Get the "Zoomies"?

Energy Overload

When Doodles experience pent-up energy, either from not getting enough exercise or mental stimulation, they may have a surplus of unused energy that needs an outlet. Zoomies often serve as a way for Doodles to release this stored-up energy in a burst of playful and high-energy activity. It's as if they can't contain their excitement and need to let it out all at once.

Pure Joy and Excitement

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Let's face it – dogs are masters of living in the moment. When they get the "zoomies", it's an expression of pure joy and exhilaration which is natural dog behavior. They can't contain their joy, and it comes bursting out in the form of wild and playful energy. Think of it as their way of saying, "Life is amazing, and I'm going to celebrate it by zooming like there's no tomorrow!"

Stress or Anxiety

Similar to humans needing to blow off steam through physical activities or exercise when stressed, "zoomies" are a common behavior for dogs to relieve their emotional stress and nervous energy.

This is especially common after bath time. According to Lisa Radosta, DVM, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service, these post-bath "zoomies" serve as a way for our furry friends to release the built-up tension caused by the stressful or exciting event they just experienced. It's their playful and instinctual response to the sensory overload, providing them with an outlet to unwind and let loose.

Primal Instinct

It's hard to believe but Doodles are descendants of mighty hunters, but deep down inside they still retain some of those wild instincts. While domesticated dogs have adapted to living with humans, their primal instincts remain a significant part of their canine behavior.

In the wild, dogs are natural predators, and their ancestors relied on bursts of speed and agility to chase and capture prey. "Zoomies" can mimic this predatory behavior, with dogs running and darting around as if they are in pursuit of something.

Additionally, some dogs exhibit zoomies as a way to mark and establish territory. By running and moving quickly around their space, they leave scent markings from the glands in their paws, communicating their presence to other animals.

Check out the list below for the top enrichment toys for Doodles.

Top Picks for Doodle Enrichment Toys

Best Interactive Toy: GUSSLM - Interactive Ball with Remote Control

Best for Nose Work - Sniffiz Enrichment Snuffle Mat

Best For Chasers - iFetch - Interactive Ball Launcher

Best Tough Chewer Soft Toy: Tuffy - Ultimate Boomerang

Best for Aggressive Chewers: LPHSNR - Pineapple Dog Toy

Best for Dog Communication Training : FRQNTKPA - 8 Color Voice Recording Button

Best for Hot Weather: VISTOP - Splash Pad

Best for Interactive Training: PetSafe Treat & Train - Remote Treat Dispensing Dog Training System

Best for Hide and Seek: Outward Hound - Hide A Squirrel Plush Dog Toy Puzzle

Best for Exercising: LifePro - Treadmill for Small/Medium Dogs


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I just ordered the pineapple puzzle.

Leslie Denbo

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