This is Bertie, my two year old Westie. We have two other female Westies, Daisy 14 and Lily 9. Bertie is very dominant over the 9 yr old, and loves her, but deferential to the 14 yr old, who ignores him. He's very healthy and happy, extremely intelligent. bores easily, gets tired like a toddler in the evenings and winds himself up - constantly asking to go out into the garden and just barks when he's out there. As soon as you put him to bed, he practically passes out. He's pretty hyper on walks and can't be trusted off the lead. He's had training and socialisation, but that also seemed to wind him up although he was very good at 'tricks' as he's so bright.
In the evenings, when we're all calming down, he'll lie or sit with us for a while, but soon starts padding around, licking the carpet. He'll do it obsessively, even walking along. You can distract him for a couple of seconds but very quickly picks it up again. He seems to get into a groove with it. Sometimes if he's sitting with me on a chair he'll lick the furnishings too.
He is incredibly bright and needs a lot of stimulation and possibly doesn't get enough of that in the evenings, but this seems to be more to do with habit or tiredness, and not being able to relax.
Tracey Walton, by email