Sarah Wilson

Dog Expert

What’s a FRAP?


whats a frap puppy training imageYears ago, a client coined the term FRAP — Frenetic Random Activity Period for the wild puppy “crazies” that take can take over a puppy. It’s a perfect term and I’ve used it ever since. So, exactly what’s a FRAP?

You know when your pup gets 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. That’s a FRAP.

This is particularly visible in pups during the quarantine period before full vaccination, during bad weather when everyone is housebound and in pups alone most of the day because their humans have to earn money to pay for all those puppy toys and beds!

Here are a few hints on how to handle FRAPS:

  • Avoid chasing him around, laughing too much or too loudly at his antics, or stroking him in an effort to calm him down as 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 have an outdoor area, you can either wait it out (it rarely lasts more than five minutes) or attempt to focus him on a toy.
  • Or plan ahead. 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 or a good chewy he has to really work on can occupy him.
  • Or just pull up a chair and chuckle quietly at this bit of life spark tearing around your living room. Whatever reaction you choose, this is usually 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.

Now you know.

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