Your feet are looking much better!
I usually hold the legs out - extended back behind for the rear legs and pulled forward for the front. You want to make sure you have it held in a position that is natural for the dog. You don't want to go straight out to the side on a front leg, but instead you can bring it forward and then out if you need a different angle.
I'll also do some of the work with the dog standing. It depends on where I'm at, the coat, the trim and the dog.
If you're having trouble with sticky outs on the legs, be sure you are brushing up, then clipping, brush up, then clip, you may need to do it a couple of times. If there are still some stragglers or a coat that just isn't clipping nicely, you can change to a blade or two longer and click the legs against the lay of the coat - go up instead of clipping down.
As for the Doodle. Their coats are usually awful and they matt really easily. They just don't always clip smoothly when the coat is really matted.
If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.