Sometimes, after baths, dogs go a little bit crazy – or, as owners often affectionately say, they get the zoomies and have a crazy 5-minutes!
It’s quite amusing to see a pup being so hyper and energetic once shower time is over, but it’s one of those behaviours that might seem a little odd to us humans. It can also be quite exasperating to see your dog rushing to get themselves sweaty and dirty again right after a bath.
So why exactly do dogs go crazy after having a bath?
4 Reasons A Dog Goes Crazy After Bath
1. Relief – Not a lot of dogs enjoy being in the bath.
Even dogs that love the water may find the process of having to stay still while you lather them with strange substances and douse them with a showerhead to be a little invasive.
There’s no telling how long a bath feels for a dog, and they could be itching to get out from the first minute in there. As such, it makes sense that they would be both relieved and excited to finally be done with it once they are out!
The adrenaline from having conquered the obstacle of uncomfortable bath times can cause euphoria and feelings of happiness, and your dog might simply be expressing that relief by dashing around the house.
2. Stress or Nervousness
For dogs that really hate baths, being in one can cause them to build up a lot of stress, resulting in excess nervous energy that simply needs to be worked off.
Running around and being hyperactive can help calm them and relieve that stressful energy they have built.
The release of this nervous energy that has been pent up for what feels like an eternity to a dog is known as frenetic random activity periods or FRAPS.
They are extremely common in younger dogs and you will likely notice if your dog has a tendency to burst into FRAPS after undergoing things they don’t like doing.
3. Drying Off
No matter how many towels and fans you use, a dog is still probably going to be a little damp after they have had a bath. They might them try to dry themselves off by running through the house in a fervour to try and find ways to get rid of excess moisture.
You will know this is the case with your dog if they start rubbing themselves against the carpet, sofa, their own bed, or other soft things with absorbent properties.
For this reason, we definitely would not recommend letting your pup go outside right after a bath as they will likely roll over the grass and get themselves dirty again!
Take note if your dog is rubbing their ears especially along these soft bits of furniture.
4. Getting Rid of The Smell
Shampoos for dogs might smell lovely to you, but if you are loving the scent, then keep in mind that your pup’s nose is 10,000 times more powerful than yours!
This means whatever subtle or strong scent you are smelling is automatically much more intense to your dog, and while that shampoo’s smell would be enjoyed by your pup on a lesser scale, smelling it all over their body in such huge amounts can be a little disconcerting.
When you clean your dog with shampoo, you are also essentially replacing their natural scent with a new one – one that doesn’t smell natural and is probably not going to be very well-liked.
A dog in this situation will likely want to smell like their old self again. They might rub themselves on other, familiar items or try to get dirty again very quickly.
You may ask why your dog is so happy to roll in the dirt or even their own poop and smell gross, but not enjoy smelling nice.
This is because the act of rolling in dirty, strong-smelling things is an old practice that your dog has learned from their ancestors called “scent rolling”.
This is how dogs would mask their scents to go hunting – in things that smell natural and earthy, not in strongly scented oatmeal shampoo.
My Dog Goes Crazy After Bathing…What Should I Do About It?
There’s actually no harm whatsoever in letting your dog get a little crazy after each bath time! They show more compassion when they are full of energy, and often show other signs such as licking your ears or feet.
In fact, if anything, them running around and expending energy will make it much easier for you to towel them off once they have calmed down. If your dog seems stressed or anxious during a bath, reward them with a treat afterwards.
We would even recommend incorporating a fun game after bath time to make it part of the routine and give them something to look forward to and use to get their extra energy out.
If for whatever reason, you would rather your dog didn’t go too nuts once bath time is over, try encouraging play, taking them for a walk, or playing fetch or tug-of-war before it’s time for a bath.
This can help to burn out excess energy and keep zoomies, if any, to a minimum. This is an especially good idea if your dog has a tendency to burst into FRAPS and does so often.