I still don't get to have a dog but I did just finally baby sit one for the first time in my life. Pretty much as soon as I learned to read. I read all I could about dogs. Even till now. There is always something new to learn for example: history, health, general personality, needs, life expectancy, training, grooming and common illnesses of the breed.
Mickey is really calm and generally well behaved. I must of have been on my toes, trying to entertain him because he cried when his owner just left him with me. After many hours later with me, he cooled off and spread himself out on my blanket and finally took a nap.
I still think,it'll be different when it's my dog. I would know how to play the games my puppy wants to play and understand his signs.