Looking for a dog trainer that specializes in barrier aggression
We have a sweetheart of a 4-year old pure yellow lab, a very family-friendly dog who is great with our 18 month old. That said, he becomes unhinged if he sees another dog when he's on a leash or behind a barrier (aka inside the house or yard). That also goes for any dog or animal on TV; he jumps and barks at anything that remotely looks like an animal, even cartoons. The behaviors include a very aggressive, loud bark as well as growling, jumping, and leash pulling. It's important to note that he's never bitten anyone or displayed aggression toward people, but owners walking their dogs are often very frightened of him! This has caused extreme difficulty in regularly walking him, as we never know when we will encounter another dog around the corner. If we do see one, we cross the street but often he still barks and pulls. I also cannot walk our daughter in the stroller and him at the same time because it takes two hands to control him.
We are looking for a trainer who offers specific training around barrier aggression, as I think I have identified that the primary trigger. Does anyone have a referral or other suggestions for training at home? We will be getting opaque film for the windows to reduce his reactivity to dogs walking by, which I heard helps. He is also not very food-motivated (strange for a lab) so treat training is difficult. Thanks for your thoughts and advice!