What’s With Those Zoomies?


Hello everyone, CEO Olivia reporting. You know what Zoomies are, right? It’s when a good dog suddenly explodes into a quick burst of energy. Some dogs chase their tails  but I’m a runner. I get the Zoomies after a good business meeting & run laps around the yard.

The technical name for zoomies is ‘frenetic random activity periods’, or FRAP for short. Why we get the zoomies isn’t always about being happy. There are several reasons your good dog might feel the need to go zoom. It may be triggered by anxiety due to a vet visit or a grooming appointment, but it could also be the excitement of a playmate coming for a visit, a trip to the favorite dog park or the human coming home from a day at the office.

Sometimes zoomies might just be a show because we notice the humans seem to get excited & enjoy watching us zoom about. In this case it’s more of a fun game than anything.

If it doesn’t look like your good dog is comfortable or having fun, you might want to find out what’s triggering the zoomies. Once you isolate the cause, you can work on teaching your good dog a new way to respond to the trigger that doesn’t involve zooming around.

After I’ve had a grand mal seizure, my post ictal behavior often includes what could be called the zoomies. I dash about & it’s very obvious I’m not doing it for fun. huMom fills my Kong with coconut oil which give me something to focus on. This usually stops my frantic dashing.

In conclusion, zoomies are perfectly fine if it’s simply an expression of joy, or releasing some energy. But if you think your good dog isn’t enjoying zooming about, you might want to consult your vet & take action. Sometimes you’ll see that the facial muscles are really tense, or the ears are back. Even if they’re wagging their tail, if they’re not wagging their whole body, it may be an indication that something isn’t right.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I feel the need for some zoomies.

CEO Olivia

Oh, The Words of Olivia



I use unusual words. Dog words. Being a dog, it comes naturally. Humans ask for clarity sometimes. So today, I’ll explain the meaning of some of my more common dog words.

Bum Swings – sometimes, when I’m very happy, I wag my tail so hard, my entire back end starts swinging wildly. That’s a bum swing. The good dog in this video gives an excellent example.

Nose Nudges –  I’m famous for my nose nudges. I never learned to give an affectionate lick like other dogs. If I want to kiss, I just press my nose against your hand or cheek.

Walkies – going for a walk. That’s an easy one.

Zoomies – when your just so happy you have to run around at full speed…often in short bursts. I hear these are a global phenomenon. This video shows an excellent example.

Wooftastic – when something is amazing & wonderful, it’s wooftastic.

BOL! – Bark out loud. A dog cyber laugh.

Pawsome – when something is really, really good, like a really tasty treat, it’s pawsome.

HuMom – my human mom.

Pawfect – when things are going my way, life is pawfect.

Stinks – the wonderful smells & odors people & critters leave behind as they move about. I love finding & analyzing new stinks.

So there you have it. Some of my dog words. Do you have any to add? send me an email & we’ll post them in a future blog.

Be sure to enter my Birthday Give-a-way. A good dog will win a Knotty Chaw Chaw. Zoom over to our page on Facebook to enter or my Facebook page, Oh, The Life of Olivia.

CEO Olivia