I definitely think not having the bait being so prominent would help. I think part of the reason he's looking towards you/ your sister is he's anticipating getting something yummy soon. He needs to learn that he won't get anything yummy until after he's completed his movement performance.This is what I meant how would you stop him from looking at you while gaiting ?
I will have to watch the video at home , work computer does not allow you tube lol
I thought this video did a nice job of showing the difference in the ring between a poodle with its head up and straight forward and a poodle looking around. Skip to the one minute mark and watch the 2 white poodles.
Here's another one of the 2008 non sporting group at Westminster. The dogs are looking straight ahead with slight movement from side to side while moving round the ring, then the bait comes into play for the free stack (? don't know what it's called) at the end when you do want them looking intently at you. The poodle wins here.