If you don't mind, I'd like to critique your dogs and give you some pointers. I hope with the responses to your posts so far that you know I'm trying to help. You will find, though, that I tend to be brutally honest!
Yes the first dog is too short. The first thing to correct would be to never, ever let a dog like this dry on it's own. Someone else on here posted a picture of, I think, a Wheaten when the dog was air dried and then when he was HV'd. The difference, without any grooming changes, was amazing. To get a good finish, youhave to hand dry your dog. Even if you cage for a bit to damp, youhave to finish with the hand dryer. I am a rescuer also and often show dogs at my shop, have cats dropped off, etc. My rescue work cannot interfere with my business. The cat adopter should have been scheduled for another time or turned away and told to come back at a better time if they just showed up. When you are "at work" your business is your focus.
On the first dog, the belly doesn't match the body. If you are going to do the legs longer than the body then the whole body should be the same length. If you are going to do a sporting (think Cocker Spaniel) or terrier type clip (think Westie) then it should be more obvious and the skirt and legs should match. Personally, I would forget reverse clipping on a dog with a coat like this. I use reverse for short, straight coats to get them like velvet or for Shih Tzu type coats where the waves creates lines in the coat when you clip. A Maltese wiggly coat looks best (IMO) when it's allowed to be a little wiggly. I definitely like the second dog better and I think he would have looked much better had he been dried properly.
You already know you didn't finish the feet so I won't comment. On the face, comb the top of the head forward and clip staight across, then blend back into the head with your thinners. I know that videos and schools tell you to leave a visor. Maybe it's just my clients but I have about 2 who like the visor and ask for it. I hate "awnings" on dogs and I do a more trimmed back look. I have many clients who say they come to me because nbo one does faces like I do and they love it. People like to see their dogs' eyes. And visors become messy very quickly. Take out more between the eyes, think ^ shaped and clean out the corners of the eyes with your thinners. Use a clipper with a 10 blade if you're too nervous around the eyes. IMO thinners are a more natural look, I never take clippers to a face unless I'm doing a Bichon. Trim off the little hairs at the top of the nose. Just under the nose, take thinners and get rid of the hairs between the nose and the lip. Look at the dog's face from the side and trim the bottom of the ears to chin level. See the white whiskers on the muzzle? Lift the fur on the side of the face and go in with small scissors and trim those away. The fur on the muzzle will lay flatter and give you a neater look.
That's all for now, down the shore for me!!!