My girlfriend is interested in getting a puppy. We have been doing some research before getting one, and the book "Before you get your puppy" says on page 9 of the linked PDF:
Make sure you test drive several adult dogs of your selected breed or type before you make your final choice. Test driving adult dogs will quickly teach you everything you need to know about a specific breed. Test driving adult dogs will also pinpoint gaps in your education about dog behavior and training.
And on page 26:
It is vital that you know what and how to teach your puppy, before you get him. So in addition to this book, read other books, watch videos, observe puppy training classes, and above all, test drive as many adult dogs as possible.
What is less clear is how we can find a dog to "test drive". I've done some searching and haven't found anyone offering that kind of service.
What are good options for "test driving" dogs?
Any information on what a test drive should consist of, and how long it should last would also be helpful.
Note that we are located in England, and the breed we would like is not a commonly available one here. Unfortunately we don't have any local dog owning friends that could help.