Many dogs suffer from what owners refer to as “the zoomies” after a bath. It’s something that gets them excited and they race around the house, stopping often to rub their hands over the couch, bed or blanket. The question is what is the reason?
Tonya Wilhelm, owner of Global Dog Training, has been a specialist in dog-training for more than two decades. She was recently named one the top 10 training professionals in the United States. Wilhelm said to iHeartDogs.com that although no one is certain what causes dogs to “get the crazies” after the bath however, there are some theories that are floating around.
Everyone knows how wonderful an enjoyable bath can make us feel, and I’m left wondering why my dog goes mad after a bath? Bath time in my home is not a pleasant moment with the Chihuahua, Angel. She seems to go into hyperactive mode before, during and after getting a dip in the bathtub (much unlike her usual laid back, not-a-care-in-the-world persona).
A lot of dogs experience the post-bath crazy – running around your home, jumping up and down on furniture and completely wagging their tails. It could cause you to wonder if there’s something else in the water that causes them to be so active!
Here Are Some Guesses
It could be that the air circulates through their bodies that are wet and creates a fantastic sensation, which gets better the more quickly they move.
Perhaps the scents of the shampoos and soaps that we apply to them can be powerful on their noses. While we don’t enjoy the post-bath “dog” smell, that is the scent they’re familiar with. Therefore, laying on the floor following the bath could make your dog have an unnatural scent to them.
Of course, rolling about will help make them dry faster. Also, shaking away from the river. They aren’t a fan of the weight of wet fur (even even if they decide to take an ice bath in the river and be able to keep stopping to shake it off). A dry, healthy coat can be a dog’s most effective defense against the elements. Their the instinctual instinct of dogs is to keep their coat dry.
Or… Just Glad It’s All Over
One possible answer is that your fresh, fragrant puppy is very happy that to be done with the whole process. At last, free of all the stress, your pet is soaring through the house, eager to take all of your cuddles and kisses, and also the applause (and sweets) to be such a wonderful dog in the bath.
A worker in a grooming salon tells, “When they know it’s over, the adrenaline…has them feeling happy and energized. They’re in control and making them feel uncomfortable during the bath. Then you let them go and they’re enjoying themselves! Moving around helps them return to normal.”
“Catch Me If You Can”
With Angel bath time, it’s an exercise for us both. The first thing I need to do is get her to stop (she sees the water rushing within the bath, then she sees me walking towards her and the game starts). I believe she’s slightly scared of the water and doesn’t like getting her face getting soaked. However, once the bath is done the girl is all set to go in a rush, whether it’s because of excitement or relief.
There’s nothing more pleasing for me than the scent of a freshly-bathed pet — except perhaps an infant who has just been bathed.
We are aware that dogs have many “calming signals” that they use to ease stress. One of them can be “shaking it off.” Dogs who are dry and shake off like they’re wet. They are stressed and trying to soothe themselves through this actions.
in her memoir “Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out,” Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPD-KA KPACTP, CPDT, explains “Movement can help relieve stress. (Anyone who has seen the zoomies of a dog when they were in the course of agility or after bathing has seen this happen.” (p. 32)
As most dogs are not at all keen on baths, they get stress-stricken through the procedure. Wilhelm says that zoomies can help them eliminate stress
“He was a nice dog and he was willing to put up with his wet body and getting cleaned, maybe a bit of eyewash. It is known that after an event that is stressful animals “shake it off” by performing a body shake. So, the idea of relief appears quite simple.”
When stress is gone It’s likely that your dog keeps zooming since it’s amusing! Wilhelm states that dogs will often “zoom” at other times also:
“I believe that after the release releases, some canines get immediately into a frenzy. There may be other instances when your dog has zoomies, and scurries through the house and has fun. Perhaps they even have a story in which you have tried to track them. We all know that a dog enjoys playing chase. Zoomies for puppies are commonplace when dogs become excessively excited. You may notice this as the form of a greeting gesture, or before eating, or when provoked by an action. This is a wonderful way to release energy, and don’t be shocked when your dog has to go to the bathroom following the event.”
Some dogs even enjoy baths and still love the zoomies afterwards.
Getting The “Stink” Off
If you think fragrance-scented shampoo is a treat but your dog’s sense of fragrance is 10,000 greater than yours. Imagine being immersed in an aroma-laden bath. (Imagine bath and body works multiplied by 10. All across the body). Yuck. This is how your dog might feel.
The most important thing to remember is that Wilhelm suggests that you don’t be worried over the zoomies! Wilhelm has some suggestions to integrate them into your bathing routine
- Set a goal and play the kids to play a few games of zoomies after bath time
- If your dog is tired and you’re done drying, it’s a much faster than you did before the zoomies
- Be sure that your dog is clean before you let him out The worst thing you’d want to happen is to see him into a puddle of stink. You’ll be less likely to do this in the event that he’s completely dry and you’ve already allowed him to play with his zoomies.