My dog ​​is having bouts of madness - reasons and what to do


 Almost all of us guardians have seen our dog suddenly and gleefully run around, jump on couches in the house practically without looking where he's stepping, or completely lose control in what seems like a real fit of madness.

Although strange to us, these unexpected episodes of "burst" of activity have their own name, and as long as they don't come up often, they don't point to any kind of big problem. If your dog has fits of madness from time to time, in this dog57 article we tell you what could be the reasons that could explain why your dog is suddenly nervous and how you should act.

Why does a puppy go crazy?

The attack of random insanity in a dog is called "zoom" (period of insane random activity), which translates as "random period of frantic activity." These episodes of losing control are more common in puppies and young dogs than in adults, and they aim to release excess energy they may have built up during the day.

It is pretty simple to identify, as the dog, as it happens, begins to dash and adopts a strange posture, bending its hind legs, hiding its tail almost completely between them, and lowering its hindquarters, as if it were more bent. In addition, unlike what happens in a normal race, during a "zombie," we can observe that the dog always follows the same path, making clumsy and sudden changes of direction and dodging or jumping over obstacles without practically reducing its speed.

Why does a puppy go crazy at night?

Zooms can also occur at night, especially if the dog has spent a large part of the day active or resting, but in addition to this, there are other reasons why our puppy may have attacks of madness while we sleep.

The circadian rhythm is defined as the series of physical, mental, and behavioral changes that occur over 24 hours, including the sleep-wake cycle. As with humans, the circadian rhythm of dogs varies depending on their age which is why puppies sleep longer hours, but they do so differently than adults, generally through small naps spread out throughout the day and night. This, coupled with the fact that they are hardly able to endure long hours without relieving themselves, explains why their sleep is interrupted several times during the night.

Also, while humans reduce our energy level over time, dogs are crepuscular animals, which means that their peak activity peaks at sunrise and sunset.
All this allows us to better understand why puppies go crazy in the house and wake up in the middle of the night wanting to run and play with everything they find.

Why does my adult dog have crazy seizures?

Even though it may seem so, these signs are not seen exclusively in puppies. Although it is common to see them in young animals, adult dogs can also experience them from time to time, and this is completely normal.

This is because, in addition to age, the frequency with which these sudden attacks of insanity appear depends on other factors such as the dog's personality, breed, routine, or average activity level. The most common thing is that an adult dog starts running around like crazy in the house if his physical and/or mental activity demands are not adequately covered, causing stress peaks and an excessive buildup of energy.

What do I do if my dog suddenly goes crazy?

Sudden bouts of activity, no matter how severe, usually last for a few seconds and then go away on their own. Since it is not something negative but a simple way to release energy, we should not try to stop the dog with our body or our voice while it is running, the ideal is that we simply wait for the episode to end and for the dog to relax. The most common thing is that as soon as he stops running, our furry dog sits or lies down and starts panting as a result of the fatigue that the race has caused him. At this time we can offer you some water.

It is important to know that during the "zoom", the dog enters a state of lack of control, and therefore both motor coordination and the ability to pay attention are affected and it is easier for him to stumble or collide with something. If this happens indoors, we will try to remove furniture or objects that are in the dog's way to avoid any kind of injury. Likewise, if the seizure occurs in an outdoor area, we must check that the environment is safe and that there is no danger to the animal (for example, that there are no roads or irregularities nearby).

Although "zoom" in and of itself is not something negative or worrisome, if you think your fur is experiencing bouts of frantic activity frequently (every day or even multiple times a day), it is best to consult your condition with a behavioral specialist who can help you establish a routine adapted to the dog's needs and optimal activity level. As mentioned, one of the most common causes is a lack of activity, which is why it's important to check whether or not your dog is getting all the exercise they need to provide them with more activity if needed. Likewise, keep in mind that good environmental enrichment at home is also an important factor, since we must not only stimulate the dog outside but also indoors through games of intelligence, smell, etc.

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