How many times your dog would start running and rubbing against anything he can as soon as you are done with a bath? Probably every single time. A real question here is what a dog does. Why do dogs zoom after a bath and why does this look like crazy or weird behavior?
Well, there are a few theories that could help you understand why dogs do this. We will discuss these here and hopefully you can decide which one has the best value for you.
Reasons Dogs Zoom After a Bath
1. Your Dog Wants To Release Excess Energy
You all had a case where you had to sit somewhere loaded with adrenaline for a long time. Then when you were free you wanted to do something to release that energy. In simple terms, imagine a case where you have a lot of energy but you cannot move and then you are free to do anything you like.
Why do dogs zoom after a bath? They are releasing that energy and they have a lot of it. This is why you can see a dog acting like crazy once you are done with a bath.
During bathing, he cannot move and he must be still until you are done with the whole process. However, during that time he will have the energy he wants and should use. When he steps out of the bathroom, he gets a chance. We all know that if a person or a dog has a huge amount of energy, he will act weird.
2. Your Dog Wants To Get His Scent And Wants It Fast
All dog owners want their dogs to smell like shampoo or even like flowers. On the other hand, we have dogs who want to smell like dirt or even something worse. This is their natural scent and they know it. They need that and it is the only acceptable choice.
Always remember that dogs have a very powerful sense of scent. It is more than 10.000 times stronger than ours which means one thing. The shampoo you are using on your dog may be impossible to bear for your dog. He will rub against anything in order to remove that scent and get his natural one.
3. Your Pet Is Happy And He Wants To Show That
Here we have one theory that actually makes more sense than you may believe. A dog must be still and must wait until you are done with his bath. This can be intense and not something a dog likes. But, once you are done, he isn’t ‘’trapped’’ any more. He is free. He will want to show you how free and happy he is. That’s why he will start running around and doing all sorts of things.
Add the fact that dogs will have a lot of energy after a bath and you can see why he or she will run and act like crazy for a long period of time. In other terms, you can mix energy with happiness and you can deduce how a dog will behave when both are present in serious amounts.
4. To Dry Off Completely
This is another theory we can see here and the one that does make sense. After a bath, your dog is wet, obviously. Well, dogs don’t like to be wet. Even dogs who like swimming don’t like to be wet. He will run and rub against anything in order to try and dry himself off. A dog will also rub himself against the carpet in order to try and remove excess moisture as soon as possible.
Some people and even experts believe that running around the house or in a backyard creates a lot of airflow that will help your pet dry off. Do dogs really know that this works and is possible? We don’t know but we like to think that they are that smart.
5. Removing Water From His Ears
No matter how careful you are, a small part of the water will end up in his ears. Even if you try to remove it, a small amount will stay inside. Dogs don’t like this. As a matter of fact, they hate it and they will do anything they can to remove it. After you are done with a bath, he will act weird in order to try all possible ways to remove that excess water.
This actually works and there are a lot of people who say that this is the only reason why dogs act like crazy once you are done bathing them. The only thing we would like to add here is that dogs will shake their head fast in order to remove something in their ear. So, we are not sure how much this theory is accurate and how many dogs will do this because of this reason.
Should You Bathe Your Dog?
Some of you will say that it is better not to bathe your dog if he acts weird after that. A short answer is yes, you need to bathe your dog and you need to do that on a regular basis. How frequently will depend on his breed, age, fur, and season.
Dogs need this in their life and it is something that can make a massive difference and keep your dog clean and healthier. Always use dog shampoo, not human shampoo. The shampoo you are using is not good for a dog and can cause all sorts of problems.
The Final Word
Now you have all the theories and one of them is the answer to the main question here. Why do dogs zoom after a bath? Pick one of the theories that makes a lot of sense and you can get the answer you will want to believe.
It is possible that the actual answer is a combination of these theories or that just one of them is true. But we will leave that deduction to you. Keep in mind that there are no more theories that should explain the issue.