Sophie has been a Therapy Dog for 2 years. She is certified through the St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. She is also certified through SJA to sit with children in the "Paws 4 Stories" program. She passed her certification when she was 6 years old. Most dogs do well in the Therapy Dog Program when they're older. Some just aren't ready at an earlier age; should not be rushed into it; all dogs are different. It's all about good temperament - whether they have or they don't. My other dog Molly (Golden Retriever) was certified at 3 1/2 years. I could have gotten her into Therapy work earlier, but was working full time. She had the right temperament right from when she was born. She is also certified to sit with children in the SJA "Paws 4 Stories" program. Having 2 dogs is so beneficial as I can switch between the 2 so one doesn't get over tired. Therapy work for the dogs is very tiring at 2 hr visits. They both visit long term care facilities, hospitals, elementary schools and libraries. My Golden Molly did the LASI Program (Less Airport Stress Initiative) out at YVR when we lived in the Vancouver area. Since Covid-19 hit here March 18th, the girls haven't been unable to visit and they sure miss the interaction with people.