Many dogs get what owners affectionately call “the zoomies” after a bath. Something about bath-time gets them riled up and they race around the yard or the house, often stopping to roll around on the grass or rub all over a bed, couch, blanket, etc. We’ve all seen it, but the question is, why?

What causes these frantic periods of activity after being bathed remains, for the most part, a mystery. Spared from the gift of speech, canines cannot reveal what may be exactly going through their minds.

What on earth are the Zoomies? Well according to the Urban Dictionary, Zoomies are…“When your dog runs around the house like crazy jumping on the couch, running up and down the stairs, and all over the house or yard. It usually ends with them falling to the floor, panting like crazy and taking a nap.”

“When your dog runs around the house like crazy jumping on the couch, running up and down the stairs, and all over the house or yard. It usually ends with them falling to the floor, panting like crazy and taking a nap.”Zoomies are really just random bursts of energy and are completely normal. They are more common in puppies and young dogs, but senior dogs can have Zoomie moments too!

Zoomies are really just random bursts of energy and are completely normal. They are more common in puppies and young dogs, but senior dogs can have Zoomie moments too!

Relief

We do know dogs have several “calming signals” they do to relieve stress. One of the common ones is “shaking it off.” You will see dogs who are dry, shake off as if they are wet. These dogs are stressed and are trying to calm themselves through the behavior.

The moment you release him, from this bath, will make him appreciative of regaining his freedom, which may provide the exhilaration that sent him running.

Fun

Once the stress is released, it’s possible he continues to zoom because, well, it’s fun!

Play Time

Not all dogs get stressed from baths. Some dogs, such as those that love water, may get the zoomies after swimming in the pool, jumping in the lake or walking in the rain. In these cases, the dogs just seem to enjoy running and playing when wet. If two wet dogs are put together, it’s very likely that a vigorous after-bath party will follow. In these cases, it almost seems as if the mere fact of being wet makes some dogs feel refreshed and positively gleeful.

Unusual Sensations

Feeling wet, being exposed to the odd smell of shampoos, and sensing the added weight of water on their fur can be unusual sensations for many dogs. That “post-bath berserk syndrome” you may witness could be simply your dog’s way of getting dry faster. Shaking off the water, rolling on the ground, rubbing their bodies on things such as furniture, and running so the air moves across their wet bodies, are plausibly attempts at getting their fur dry.

Quick Tips

The bottom line, don’t worry about the zoomies! Here are a few tips to incorporate them into your normal bathing routine:

  • Plan ahead and encourage a quick game of zoomies after a bath
  • When your dog is worn out, you can finish drying him a lot easier than before the zoomies

The Pooch Mobile will blow-dry your dog to make sure he is completely dry before you let him outside; the last thing you want is for him to go roll in something stinky. He will be less likely to do that if he is completely dry and you have already let him have his zoomies.

CLEAN DOG – HAPPY DOG – TIRED DOG

The Pooch Mobile recommends a 2 – 4 weekly dog wash to ensure your dog’s skin and coat is kept in top condition, year round.