Phoenix's recall is great, but...
I was hoping to get some tips on recall, particularly getting a clean sit in front. Phoenix is 11 months old now, and has a great recall. I have been working with him since he was a little puppy, and he comes straight to me, but is always super excited - I try and guide him with my arms out front, with command sit, but I always seem to need to get my hands on him to get the sit. Maybe I'm praising him too much, too early, for coming to me and he's tuning out on the sit because he's too excited?
I tried going back a step and practice with the leash, I'll call him to come, and he can sit in front just fine when we do it that way, but when I place him in a sit, leave him and call him, that's when we get a bit sloppy.
My trainer commented that I'm waiting too long to give the command for sit (practically when Phoenix is in front of me), which I will try and work on, but was wondering if anyone might have some tips or other suggestions?