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Geoff has good advice, I'd also throw in a suggestion to look at what's NOT in the photo, sometimes negative space, i.e. a part of the photo with nothing in, can be very effective at drawing attention to the rest of the image. I'd have placed the dog on the left of the frame and had an empty space to his right given the direction of his eyes.
Hmm, you need to look where your light source is, the combined images don't match here. The bird is lit from below right, whilst the light source in the picture suggests above left. Dropping new objects in you need to look for this, I've done it a number of times myself! Also the selection of the bird is a little rough, especially around the tail. There's a really good plug in from OnOne which is much better at selecting objects than the standard CS fare, might help with the outline of your bird?
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