I know I read somewhere that Havies can be reserved. Timmy is very reserved, especially with people. He was a very shy puppy, which I knew from the start. I dumped him into Puppy K and any other opportunites to socialize him. I know Max is older but you can definitely help to bring him out of his shell, it will take persistence but the rewards are priceless. I had thoughts of doing therapy work with Tim but I don't think he'll be happy in that situation. I think he "could" do therapy work but they really have to "love" the opportunity and I think it would stress him out. I have recently decided that I will work on Rally or Obedience with him which I can tell he really likes to do. Timmy has turned into a great little guy and I bring him anywhere I can, via plane, long drives or even strolls through town or a park. Keep giving Max opportunities to experience different things, he might just end of being a reserved guy, which isn't such a bad thing, Timmy never jumps up on anyone and they think he's such a well behaved guy.
I'm thrilled to hear that you are going to do Rally and Obedience with Timmy, but don't count therapy dog stuff out in the long run if you are interested in it. I thought the same as you when Kodi was Timmy's age... (he'd do it but he wouldn't love it) but recently, I've seen a surprising (at least to me) side of him. In 3 separate instances, when we've been with people who could use some support, (twice with elderly people, and once with a client/mother in my office, who was distraught about what was happening to her son at school, Kodi has shown and amazing ability to read people and figure out, all on his own, what they needed.
Normally, when clients come to my office, Kodi greets them, says hi, then goes into his crate to sleep through our (boring
) meeting. When this distraught mom came in, he INSISTED on getting up on the couch beside her. I asked her if that was OK, because I don't assume my clients want to deal with a dog, but she seemed tickled that he wanted to sit with her. He just lay there, snuggled up as close as he could get beside her, something he NEVER does with me during the day. She kept stroking him, almost unconsciously, as we talked about what her son needed.
With the two elderly people, one of whom is a professed "cat lover who doesn't care for dogs," he jumped up beside them, tail at its waggy-flaggy best, and then rolled on his back beside them, TONS of eye contact, just BEGGING for a belly rub. Who could resist? And after they felt how soft he was, it was all over.
Within minutes, his head was in their laps, adoring eyes gazing up at them, and they were his.
I've known for some time that he is exceptionally capable when it comes to reading (and projecting) dog body language. He is amazingly adept at putting fearful dogs at ease, or diffusing tense situations. (really good skills for a little dog to have!!!) But it was only recently that I've seen this ability of his to read people, even ones he doesn't know, well too. I've changed my mind. I think that he might very much enjoy being a therapy dog, especially for the elderly, once his competitive career starts to wind down!
So don't count Timmy out. He's still very young. He has great manners, and you've done a good job socializing him. Let him lead the way, and you may find as he matures that HE is more interested in making contact with people in need. If not, as you say, you've still got a dog who is a dream to travel with, and live with... most people's "dream dog"!