neat legs on short clips
This is my first post so sorry if I do something wrong.
I am a new groomer and am having trouble getting neat legs on short clipdowns (eg 7F,5F). The curly coats are fine but the straight/drop and spaniely type coats are giving me trouble. The coat lays so flat it is hard to get it to feed into the blade, so I didn't think that would change if I used a snap on comb at such a short length. I thought about going in reverse with a bigger blade but I thought it may be a bit unsafe doing this on the legs with the tendon, skin flaps and dewclaws. It just ends up looking like some bits (that poke out) are short and other bits aren't cut at all leaving it choppy. I am a bit nervous using my scissors to tidy so so close to the skin. There is not much scope to erase the messiness with thinners as the hair is so short.
I live in a hot climate near the sea where the dogs swim a lot. It is also a very bad area of Australia for deadly paralysis ticks, so unfortunately for me most people want their dogs shaved down this short. Thats why I want to do these shave downs as nicely as possible to try and stand out from the other groomers here.
Oh and while I'm on the topic, how do I tackle the cowlick on the back of the front legs without making it look messy or skinned.
Any suggestions would be appreciated