Years ago, a client coined the term F.R.A.P.ing– Frenetic Random Activity Periods for the wild puppy “crazies” that take over your pup twice a day (or more). It’s a perfect term and we’ve used it ever since.
Some pups can get wild, usually mornings and evenings. A glint in the eye, a play bow with his butt in the air and he is off! Spinning in circles, racing around or over the furniture, barking at you, and generally being completely unruly. This is particularly visible in pups during the quarantine period before full vaccination and in pups left alone most of the day by working owners.
Try to avoid chasing him around, laughing at his antics or stroking him in an effort to calm him down, all those things can be mistaken by your pup for praise, which will make the FRAPs longer and stronger next time.
If you have a fenced in yard, get him out into it. If you don’t you, can either wait it out, it rarely lasts more than five minutes, or attempt to focus him on a toy.
Note the time. Most FRAPs happen on a fairly predictable schedule so a good walk or play session prior to the “witching hour: can short circuit a rowdy FRAP, Crating him with a food dispensing toy he has to really work on to get things out of can occupy him through it so… enjoy it for what it is. Sit on the couch and inwardly chuckle at this bit of life spark tearing around your living room.
Whatever reaction you choose, this is a short-lived thing. This too shall pass.
PS: After bathing, almost all dogs of all ages will FRAP. We don’t know why, but it is utterly charming.
by Sarah Wilson