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Happy With herself

           ~ From Jan (July 3, 2017)

Willow qualified in all three Agility trials with three perfect scores of 200!!!

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UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Novice Trick Dog, UKC Rally Obedience I, UKC Agility I, Therapy Dog International certified!

Congratulations Willow! We know your Mama will be sending an official update but today we celebrate with you.


Waiting Patiently

      ~ Time for Agility!

Magnuson's Willow Waits PatientlyJan and Willow (UKC Best-In-Show and High-in-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, UKC Rally Obedience I, Therapy Dog International certified ) are well-known. They have earned a basket of titles. The achievements together are many. They spend a lot of time doing public service events.

Breeder Comment

We thank Jan and Willow. We sincerely hope her career finds longevity. What these two have earned speaks to Jan’s ability as well as Willow’s skills set. Very few OwyheeStar’s earn titles. We are not (per say) raising show dogs. Some do win hunt titles as well as various event titles. Most are companion dogs who share in their families activities.











AKA June Bug

I just wanted to drop a quick note to update you on our little June Bug, she is doing great! 

magnusons-willow-and-juniper_0321She is doing extremely well in her training, she is smart and biddable.  As you know, we completed one Puppy Obedience class, and now I am bringing her with me to teach the group Obedience classes that I conduct- I use her for demonstrations, as I tell my students that I am in the same boat they are, with a five-month old puppy just learning the ropes!   Everyone thinks she is adorable and as we wrap up the hour, I take questions and such as Juniper lies at my feet, then she begins to roll and kick and act silly and everyone cracks up!  She is enjoying meeting all the other dogs in class, she is quite submissive and really enjoys the smaller dogs and the calmer puppies the most.  I plan to enroll her in another Home Obedience class in about a month so she gets more training as well. 

We are going to enter more UKC dog shows that are in October, she will be in the 6-9 month puppy class so I am grateful that the judges understand puppy behavior- it will be a challenge to get her to stand still and gait without getting distracted, but we will do our best and most importantly, we will have fun!

She is fully housetrained, we did not have even one single accident.  Amazing.

Once we got her over her initial drama about being in her kennel crate, she now loves it.  She has her blankie and her squeaky toy and I give her a chewie treat, it is her safe haven and she will run into it on her own and take a nap, even with the door still open.

She is quite the huntress like Willow, they stalk and catch little prey on my property here, such as voles, mice, moles and an occasional bird.  They love to run the pastures while I work around my place, which is what we will do today as I have chores to do. 

She is perfectly healthy, strong and bright and beautiful, I get compliments on her (and Willow of course) continually. 

Willow and Juniper have very different personalities, which is fun- I enjoy watching them interact with each other and build their “sister” relationship.  Juniper is much more of a challenge to raise, I am glad she is with me because I think a novice dog owner would have had a difficult time with her.  Willow was a breeze to raise, Juniper takes more work but she is precious and we love her.  I can tell that she will be a fabulous adult dog when she matures, she needs to be guided in the right direction and we will be successful. 

Thanks again for my two wonderful girls, talk to you soon, Jan~

Therapy vs Service Dogs

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I do Therapy Dog visits with my dogs; my dogs are certified and registered through Therapy Dogs International  .  Please note that there is a difference between “Therapy Dogs” which provide comfort to anyone, and “Service Dogs” which are classified federally through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are trained to do specific tasks to assist people with their disabilities like Guide Dogs for the Blind and Seizure Alert Dogs (contact the ADA for more info).

To work toward Therapy Dog certification, you need a sound, stable-temperamented dog that is highly socialized and trained; so, start the moment you get your pup!  Contact a recommended humane trainer in your area  and start your puppy off on the right “paw”!  Jan~
Like any job or career, there are many different types of people who train dogs, and the range goes from fabulous, professional, quality trainers to abusive, ego …


Jan Magnuson
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog Training

Best-In-Show Champion American Bulldogs & Weimaraners, LLC
P.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 241-2908