Why Do Dogs Get the Zoomies After a Bath? (+How to Calm!)

Why do dogs get the zoomies after a bath? Today, we’ll explore the quirky yet common phenomenon of dogs going crazy after bath time and turning into a whirlwind of energy, diving into the reasons behind this behavior and what you can do to help calm them down by using commands (which we’ll teach you) and treating the root issue.

We’ll also cover how to manage the post-bath frenzy, why dogs hate baths, and why they might display aggression or excessive happiness afterward. Is your dog rubbing themselves on everything in sight after a bath, or do they seem upset? We’ll address these behaviors too, giving you a full understanding of what’s going on in your dog’s mind. Keep reading!

Why Do Dogs Get the Zoomies After a Bath?

Why Do Dogs Get the Zoomies After a Bath?

Dogs get the zoomies after a bath due to a combination of relief, excitement, and the physical sensation of being wet. Bath time can be a stressful or unusual experience for many dogs. The sudden burst of energy and frantic running – known as the zoomies – is a way for them to release pent-up tension and return to their comfortable state. Additionally, the sensation of water on their fur, along with the process of drying off, can also trigger this playful and seemingly wild behavior.

Dog Gets Zoomies After Bath: What to Do

If your dog gets the zoomies after a bath, it’s important to ensure they have a safe space to express this energy. Make sure the area is free of obstacles where they could hurt themselves. Allowing them to run around in a secure, enclosed outdoor space or a large room in your house can help them burn off this excess energy safely.

Zoomies After Bath: Stop With “Stay” Command

The “Stay” command helps manage the zoomies by teaching your dog self-control and calmness. It’s a useful command for situations where you need your dog to remain in place and not give in to their impulses.

  1. Begin in a quiet environment with no distractions. Have your dog sit or lie down, then give the command “Stay.”
  2. Take a step back. If they stay put, reward them with a treat and praise. If not, go back to step one.
  3. Gradually increase the distance and duration of the “Stay,” rewarding your dog each time they succeed.

Dog Goes Crazy After Bath: Calm With “Settle” Command

The “Settle” command is beneficial as it teaches your dog to relax and calm down on cue, which is especially useful when they’re overexcited.

  1. Start in a calm environment. Wait for a moment when your dog is lying down and relaxed, then say “Settle” and give them a treat.
  2. Practice this regularly, using the command “Settle” each time your dog naturally settles down.
  3. Once your dog starts to associate the command with the action, use it during moments of excitement. Reward them for calming down after hearing the command.

Dogs get the zoomies after a bath as a natural response to the sensations and stress associated with bathing. Managing this behavior can be done through training commands like ‘stay’ and ‘settle’, ensuring your dog’s safety, and helping them to associate bath time with positive and calm experiences.

It’s important to remember, though, that the underlying behavioral issues (lack of impulse control, anxiety, fear, etc.) that were causing all of this to begin with will still be present. And until you address those, any positive changes you see will only be temporary.

“Well, how do I make these changes last?”

By getting your dog to truly choose to follow your direction, that’s how. I tried many times to write out how you can do that before deciding it made more sense to just link you to the free video series that explains it better than I’d ever be able to.

The series is by a man named Dan who is one of the world’s leading dog obedience trainers. In it, he teaches you how to put an end to things like your dog getting the zoomies after a bath and all other misbehavior using his fast and easy-to-follow methods.

In the first video, Dan will reveal to you why the two most common methods of dog training only doom you to failure. You can watch the video now by clicking here. Follow the proven system he’ll show you in his series and you’ll never have to spend another second worrying about your dog going crazy after baths ever again!

Why Do Dogs Go Crazy After Bath?

Why Do Dogs Go Crazy After Bath?

Dogs go crazy after a bath due to a mix of relief and discomfort. The sensation of being wet and the smells of shampoo can overstimulate their senses, leading to a burst of energy or the ‘zoomies’. This behavior is often their way of expelling the stress and anxiety associated with baths. Additionally, the act of shaking off water or rolling around could be an attempt to get rid of unfamiliar scents and return to their natural state.

Why Do Dogs Hate Baths?

Dogs hate baths for various reasons. Many dogs dislike the sensation of water, while others may feel insecure or stressed by the confinement of a bathtub or the sound of running water. The unfamiliarity of bath products and the process of being handled or restrained during bath time can also contribute to their discomfort and anxiety.

Why Does My Dog Attack My Other Dog After a Bath?

Your dog attacks your other dog after a bath due to heightened excitement or stress. The overstimulation from the bath experience can lead to erratic behavior, including aggression or barking at other dogs in the household. The ‘settle’ command can be very helpful here; you can learn it now in the first section.

This reaction could also be a misplaced way of expressing their discomfort or an attempt to reestablish dominance or social order after feeling vulnerable during the bath.

Why Are Dogs Aggressive After Baths?

Dogs are aggressive after baths primarily due to the stress and anxiety they experience during the bathing process. Feeling confined, having their natural scent masked by shampoo, and the overall unfamiliarity of the situation can lead to a defensive or aggressive response.

In summary, dogs may go crazy after a bath due to the combination of relief from stress, overstimulation, and attempts to regain comfort. Addressing their fears, providing a calm environment, and understanding their behavior are key to managing and reducing this post-bath frenzy.

Dog After Bath Behavior

Dog After Bath Behavior

Dog after-bath behavior often includes a variety of actions like rubbing themselves on surfaces, shaking off water, and running around energetically. These behaviors stem from their instinctual need to dry off, remove the unfamiliar scent of shampoos or soaps, and relieve the stress experienced during the bath.

Why Do Dogs Rub Themselves After a Bath?

Dogs rub themselves after a bath to get rid of the water and any unfamiliar scents left by shampoos or soaps. This behavior is instinctual and helps them return to their natural scent, which is a significant part of their identity and comfort.

Additionally, rubbing against surfaces can help them dry off quicker and feel more in control after the restrictive nature of bath time.

Dog Mad After Bath

A dog might appear mad or frustrated after a bath due to discomfort or stress. The sensations of being wet, confined, and handled can be unsettling for many dogs. This frustration can manifest as aggressive rubbing, shaking, or even temporary changes in behavior. The ‘settle’ command will help here. Learn it now in the first section.

Recognizing and addressing the root cause of this discomfort is crucial in reducing post-bath stress.

Why Are Dogs So Happy After a Bath?

Dogs are so happy after a bath often because they feel relieved that the experience is over. The act of shaking off water, running around, and playing post-bath can be expressions of joy and a way to release any pent-up energy or stress.

For some dogs, the attention and pampering they receive during and after the bath can also be a source of happiness.

In conclusion, a dog’s behavior after a bath is influenced by their instinctual habits, reaction to unfamiliar experiences, and overall temperament. Understanding these factors and providing a comfortable bathing environment can help make the experience more pleasant for both the dog and the owner.

I’m sure you’re ready to begin now that you have all of your questions about dogs and the zoomies answered, so I’ll let you get going on things. Good luck, and thanks for taking a look at our article “Why Do Dogs Get the Zoomies After a Bath? (+How to Calm!)”.

The Author

KB Williams

KB Williams

Hey there! I'm a dog behavior expert and lover of travel. Since 2016, I've been sharing my knowledge of dog training and behavior while exploring the Pacific Northwest with my two rescues.