Is my dog Psycho?!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@mrsalexander:  Its a puppy thing…we call it the puppy spins, and it comes out of nowhere, wreaks havoc for about twenty minutes…then they just kind of collapse somewhere.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

We call it ‘racetrack mode’ because he runs in a circle so fast.  It usually comes out of nowhere & we think it’s hilarious haha.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There is an actual term for it- I think it is FREP or something.

We just call it the yips.

From what I was reading (because I also thought my pup was crazy) it is beneficial to learn how to help them manage that energy burst- a rousing game of fetch or a quick job works well. I usually grap a kong treat and his favorite fetch toy and run him ragged.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Hahaha my mom’s puppy did this too…it was soooo funny and cute. No, there is no containing the little ball of energy….Even if you put her in a box she’d burst out lol.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My dog does this all of the time and she’s 5. Maybe not quite so drastically! But definitely running around for no reason! 

She ESPECIALLY does it after she poops. She gets so excited! It’s so funny! 🙂 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We call it the “zoomies” and our great danes do it every now and then!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@mrsalexander:  My 4 year old 90lb great dane mix does this….on a regular basis.  lol  We actually get a kick out of it because she look so funny while she’s going crazy.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@DaneLady:  …my 13 year old greyhound would catch a case of the puppy spins from the puppy and watching that big horse shoot around the house with our little chihuahua was a riot!…and then it would all be over, quite suddenly, and they’d retire to the “Good” dog bed to lick each other’s ears and fall asleep….ah dogs, I envy their lives some days.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mrsalexander:  oh yeah that is totally normal and our dog still does it (she is 12)! her name is also stella 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee

Oh man, as someone who has had dogs all my life, I can’t stop laughing at how bizarre and bewildering this behavior would seem to someone who had never seen it before.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@DaneLady:  It would sound like a herd of elephants running around your house!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@PermaStudent:  It does!  I know when they’re about to bound down the stairs because I hear their hoofstomps, eh-hem, I mean, pitter patter paws all the way from downstairs 😛

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