Sorry! We Don’t Keep A Waiting List

Liberty Run's April and her babies.

Liberty Run’s April and her babies.

We do not take deposits before the puppies are born here at Liberty Run.  Why? Because we are not anxious to take your money, and we don’t know how to reserve something that doesn’t exist (yet).

If you’re interested in an upcoming litter, call for an update. We are much better at answering the phone between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. (Eastern or “New York” time) than any other time of day.

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Kairos (Jasmine/Scout 3-18-14). Pictures courtesy of Kristen. Thanks for sharing, Kristen!  We love these pictures.

Info about future litters, like anticipated due dates, is posted on our Upcoming Litters page.

Once puppies arrive, reservations are accepted on a “first-come, first-served” basis and are secured by your non-refundable deposit. We generally begin accepting deposits 48 hours after puppies are born.  If you’ve been calling, we’ll know, and you’ll be able to reserve a “high” pick, like first pick male or female.  We follow this process to help you get the exact puppy you’re looking for.

We’ve been doing it this way for 20 years, and it’s worked every time.

About four days after puppies are born, we announce the litter on our Current Litter Page.

We do not accept more deposits than there are puppies.

When you leave a deposit, you’re encouraged to visit as often as you like (please call us to schedule your visit-time). By visiting, you’ll get to know each of the babies in the litter.

This is the Liberty Run Waiting List Policy.  Thank you for reviewing it.

House-Breaking Your Golden Retriever Puppy

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Simba of Liberty Run. Thanks, Rob for sharing the picture! Those puppy-dog eyes are too cute!

We begin the process of House-Breaking Your Golden Retriever Puppy for you. As a result, most families report their new puppies are house broken in less than three days. Because our puppies never had the opportunity to make a “mistake” indoors, it’s very easy for you to take one of our puppies home and house-break him (or her!).

When you visit, we’ll show you how we do it.

Some breeders tout their puppies are “raised in their loving home”. If you think about it, their puppies poopie and peepee in their houses whenever they feel the urge to “go”.  By the time you get one, it’s already conditioned to going potty inside a house.  Unfortunately, “house-breaking” is teaching a puppy how to “hold it”  indoors. Good luck teaching a puppy who is already conditioned to go at-will inside how to “hold it” in your home. You’re going to spend most of your time un-doing all the harm caused by the conditioning already imprinted on their puppies.  Not to mention the puppy’s a little mad at you ’cause you’re not letting it do its business when and where it wants to.

A popular question we get is, “plastic or wire crates?”  Liberty Run recommends plastic kennels because they’re very easy to clean.  If you must go the wire route, we recommend putting a blanket over it.

From time-to-time we do have Golden Retriever Puppies for sale.  When you purchase a puppy from us, we review the house-breaking process and provide written instructions detailing what to do at home.  Plus we’re available as a resource the entire life of your puppy.

A Brief Blurb About The Breeders at Liberty Run

What kind of person breeds Golden Retrievers, you ask?  Well, that’s an interesting question. We do.

The breeders here at Liberty Run Golden Retrievers are Suzanne and Patrick.

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Suzanne hates having her picture taken. Getting her to hold still for the camera just doesn’t happen.

Suzanne grew up with dogs all her life.  She can still remember the birthdays of each one she’s ever had (and she’s pretty faithful about reminding Patrick of the dates every year).  To her, they are members of her family.  Of course, she spoils them beyond belief.  But that’s OK because they spoiled her too.

Suzanne attended the University of Maryland at College Park.  As an undergraduate student, she was a member of Alpha Zeta – an honorary service fraternity for men & women pursuing a career in agriculture.  When a junior, she was elected as the fraternity’s vice president.  She was elected to serve as President her senior year.

During her tenure at Maryland, Suzanne worked as a veterinary technician at College Park Animal Hospital.  (She loved it there so much, she worked part time for another three years after earning her degree.)

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, she worked for 6 years doing Toxicology Research on pharmaceuticals, specializing in Developmental & Reproductive Toxicology.

Since December 2000, Suzanne has been a full-time mom to her children.  She home-schools all five. She teaches High School Biology and Chemistry in local home-school co-ops.  In her spare time, she manages the family’s farm, which includes operations of our Golden Retriever kennel, horses, cattle, and chickens.  She also enjoys researching and learning how to improve the life of our family & animals through more natural choices for nutrition and holistic medicine.

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Patrick & Vana along with AKC Club Secretary, 1995.

Patrick has been involved in the breeding of dogs, cats, cattle, and horses since he can remember.  It’s something his family’s been doing all his life.

Patrick graduated from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, where he studied Biology and Psychology.  He was blessed to have been able to attend school thanks to an ROTC Scholarship.  After graduation, he served as an officer in the US Army, and then transferred to the Maryland National Guard.

During the late 80’s, Patrick was an awful yuppie in DC. Fortunately, the country kept calling, and in time the calls grew loud enough.  He gave yuppiedom up and moved to his family’s new farm near Taylorsville. There he managed the family’s 120-run dog kennel, a national and international pet transportation services company, a herding-dog breeding program, a dog-training club, a staff of 20, a herd of cattle, a slew of horses, and a small fleet of farm vehicles.  During this time, he was also a professional dog trainer.

Eager to branch out on his own, Patrick purchased his own farm in 1994.  He did this because he wanted a place to raise and train Golden Retrievers – his favorite breed of dog.  From day one, the mission was clear and consistent: produce calm, intelligent, and healthy Golden Retrievers – ones that make great service dogs and family companions.

Patrick serves as a coach and assistant program director for a travel fast-pitch softball organization for girls ages 8-18.  Both he and Suzanne (and the kids) are very involved in their church.

From time to time, we do have Golden Retriever puppies for sale in Maryland, VA, and Washington DC.

What Else Is Included With My Liberty Run Puppy?

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3-day old puppy

Your Liberty Run Golden Retriever Puppy is…

  • Covered by a full, one-year guarantee, in writing.
  • Permanently identified by a microchip.
  • Not inbred or line-bred.
  • Expertly socialized and ready to go home and bond with you.
  • Started on house-breaking.
  • Current on immunizations & de-wormings.
  • Encouraged to take advantage of a special offer. We will provide the full series of puppy boosters at no charge. However, it is your responsibility to visit Liberty Run to take advantage of this offer. (For proper immunization, puppies should have boosters every three weeks until they are four months of age.)
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Liberty Run’s Butter Cup

With your Golden Retriever puppy, you also receive…

  • Copies of mom and dad’s OFA, CERF, and SAS clearances.
  • A photo of mom and dad.
  • AKC (American Kennel Club) registration papers.
  • A four generation pedigree of your pure-bred golden retriever puppy.
  • A Health Certificate which shows dates of immunizations your puppy has received and dates of future boosters and wormings that are recommended.
  • Feeding instructions.
  • A general care overview.
  • Crate training instructions.

Vana Captures 1st Place!

Golden_Retriever-breeders-Pat-VanaVana, pictured at left with her handler and trial secretary, earned her obedience title by taking First Place in two separate competitions. And, she competed against 60 other dogs.

The breeders here at Liberty Run strive to breed Golden Retriever puppies that are easy to train, calm, and healthy, just like Vana.

Congratulations Vana!

Twenty years ago when we began Liberty Run, we could have started our endeavor with “beauty pageant” Goldens (those are the ones with “Champion” in their title.  Or “hunting” Goldens.  They have their own titles, too.  Our research found beauty pageant pups were plagued with weaker health – both mentally and physically.  Hunting doggies were a bit too energetic for our taste.Harley-golden_retriever_puppies

Instead, we began our breeding program all those years ago with Goldens that came from kennels specializing in obedience.  Yes, there are “obedience” titles too, and you can earn them with your Golden.  It’s the type of title that Vana earned.  Our Harley did, too.  That’s Harley at right.

Puppy Socialization At Liberty Run

Kelly-Golden-Retriever_breedersWe here at Liberty Run Goldens begin puppy socialization of our Golden Retrievers from day one of a puppy’s life. Many children, like Kelly pictured at left, play an integral role in each puppy’s development. They play with our puppies, hold them, and care for them every day.

little-golden-retriever-puppyYou could say they are our “secret weapon” here! We believe surrounding our puppies with responsible young folks, as well as access to 250 acres and four spring-fed ponds, produces a sound and happy puppy. It also provides hours of fun for the kids, too.

Properly socialized puppies grow up to be your best buddies.

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Our Mission Statement

first-place-Golden_Retriever-breedersBecause you’re visiting our site, you will probably agree with us that Golden Retrievers are one of the prettiest breeds of dogs.

It’s generally accepted that Golden Retrievers were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl. They have a highly developed scenting ability and possess great intelligence which makes them easy to train. Because of their calm, gentle, and loyal nature, a Golden Retriever puppy from Liberty Run makes an ideal family companion.

Patrick back in 1994 holding Harley (lightest puppy) and his litter mates.  This was our first litter.  Harley went on to sire many litters.  He passed away at 14 yrs of age.  He was a great doggy and is truly missed.

Patrick back in 1994 holding Harley (lightest puppy) and his litter mates. This was our first litter. Harley went on to sire many litters. He passed away at 14 yrs of age. He was a great doggy and is truly missed.

It is our breeding objective to produce intelligent, calm, and healthy Golden Retrievers – ones that are easy for you to train, great to have as companions, and healthy. This is how the breed is supposed to be! To accomplish this, we breed only healthy and obedient adult Golden Retrievers, like Vana above, who earn obedience titles, not beauty pageant or hunting titles. Our moms and dads have their OFA, CERF, and SAS clearances. Original documents are here for you to view, and we provide copies of these to you when you purchase a puppy from Liberty Run.

We at Liberty Run Goldens do not inbreed or line-breed our dogs. Those techniques may produce a pretty dog, but we feel they weaken dogs mentally. And we believe those breeding techniques have led to all the health problems associated with Goldens, today.

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Ike as a puppy. Thank you, Paula, for the picture! We love it.

A Golden Retriever puppy from Liberty Run grows to be dog that is smart as a whip, loaded with personality, and calm. Yet it will not sleep through the arrival of an unannounced visitor to your home! Many proud owners of our puppies tell us that their puppy is like an extra set of eyes and ears – always alert. If you’re looking for a healthy and intelligent companion dog, contact us at Liberty Run Goldens. We look forward to hearing from you.

Check out what families who have our puppies say on Facebook.  They post lots of updates about us on the Liberty Run Family Group page.  A few of the most recent posts from that Group Page are posted in the closest column to the right.  If you’re a FB user, follow this link to the actual page.