Zoomies? What are zoomies? Have you ever been baffled when suddenly your pooch runs around the room like they’ve never had exercise in their life? It’s most probably zoomies.
“Animal behaviourists and trainers have dubbed these bursts “frenetic random activity periods” or FRAPs. But pet lovers often just call them the zoomies. FRAPs are just normal releases of pent-up energy, says veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker. They’re relatively harmless unless you have a small house with a lot of fragile obstacles or you get caught in the path of your racing pet”, he says.
Some trainers do actually believe that these shouldn’t be a normal or ‘cute’ trait and that it should be curved and controlled by training. Dog trainers and behaviourists say that you shouldn’t punish or chase your dog, but also don’t laugh or encourage zooming. Never allow barking or biting while zooming either, they say.
Vermont dog trainer Kevin Behan believes that FRAPs are actually a dog’s fear coming to the surface so it can dissipate. A dog typically zooms when it feels safe, Behan says.
In fact, veterinarian Becker says it can be fun to try to train your dog to zoom on cue.
Taking them on good walks will help encourage them to calm down at home. With the Gencon All in One dog head collar and lead walks can be enjoyable and fun. They are made from soft yet durable fabric and are specifically designed not to pull up into your dog’s eyes or uncomfortably turn their head, making them the perfect lead training accessories for grown dogs and puppy walking. The Gencon consists of two simple loops that apply gentle pressure when your dog pulls, the lead gently but effectively stops your dog pulling forwards.
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