All dog owners are familiar with the “zoomies” — when your pooch is revved up and rambunctious, sprinting in circles around the house or yard.
But what they might not know is the scientific term for the, uh, movement.
Veterinarian and TV host Dr. Katrina Warren revealed that those hilarious “zoomies” — also referred to as the “crazies” — are actually called frenetic random activity periods.
In a 15-second TikTok lapping up over 20,000 views, Warren describes FRAPs as “short explosions of energy.”
Experts don’t know the exact cause of the pooch phenomenon, but it’s widely considered a physical expression of joy — or a way to “get their energy out” after being cooped up inside.
“The zoomies can best be defined as a dog’s most excited expression of happiness,” veterinarian Dr. Zac Pilossoph told People.
While typically observed in puppies and “higher-ability dogs,” a canine of any age can get the zoomies.
“Zoomies have to do with a dog’s personality — some are more enthusiastic, and some are docile,” Pilossoph explained. “In general, age, breed type and personality will play a part in whether your dog gets the zoomies.”
Before your pooch ruff-houses, Pilossoph encourages pet owners to clear the space of hazardous objects, especially if they have a bad hip or back.
Pups may also grow restless after sitting stoically for too long, like when they’re getting groomed or when they’re locked in their kennel — that pent-up energy could result in the zoomies.
On TikTok, proud pet parents boast their pup’s adorable zoomies, sharing footage of their dogs’ DIY obstacle course comprised of home furniture.