Again...I'll recommend "Look At That"...
We've talked about this in many other threads, so if you do some searching, you'll be able to find more discussion on this game. It's from Leslie McDivitt's "Control Unleashed" book.
Basically, instead of teaching the dog to ONLY focus on you (attention/watch me/look/etc) you teach them to look AT the object/person/animal/etc that is distracting them. My Inara has trouble with people...and this helped her immensely. In a nutshell, you click/treat for looking at the distraction...and they whip back around to you for the treat. The idea is that if they're anxious, worried or fearful of something (or just plain curious), then they're still going to be paying some attention to that thing...even if you're demanding total attention to you. How many times have you seen dogs rotating ears around or looking out of the corner of their eye to check out what is spooking them...as you're asking for attention on you.
I tell people in my classes, that I'm scared of clowns. If a clown comes into the room where I'm teaching, I'm going to be freaked out. Majorly. Now if John tells me to just ignore the clown and keep watching him do something...it's not going to help. It might even make things worse for me...as now I'm going to worry MORE about what the clown is doing out of sight...is it sneaking up behind me...has it left the room...is it inviting MORE clown friends into the room? What IS IT DOING?!?!?!!?
I'm going to be better off being able to keep an eye on what that clown is doing...while still engaging with John in conversation. I'm still going to be uncomfortable...but I'm not going to be freaking out.
We played this game in the park yesterday with our field trip class...as the Wiener is starting to go through a bit of a fear period...and he's barking at strangers that come near...especially joggers and bikers.
Super! Within 5 minutes, the barking had stopped...and he was looking pointedly at the joggers and bikers and then back to me for a treat. Now...we were about 20' off of the trail, so it wasn't pushing him past what he could handle...we ended up moving to about 10' off the trail...we went closer, but he couldn't concentrate on me...so we moved back to 10'.
"I don't have any idea if my dogs respect me or not, but they're greedy and I have their stuff." -- Patty Ruzzo
"Dogs don't want to control people. They want to control their own lives." --John Bradshaw