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Very cute expression!! He looks like he has plenty of attitude.
As for my crituque, I'd have to say that it's pretty underexposed. And it would be a lot better if you could open up a window and try to use natural light instead of the flash. See how he is lit up, but everything around him is dark?? That's because of the flash. And the pinpoint catchlights in his eyes b/c of the flash, also...that doesn't look so great. If you don't have enough light coming in, you could always try bumping up the ISO. Or if you must use flash a speedlite that you could bounce off the ceiling would spread the light out better or if you have to use your on-camera flash, get something to diffuse the light so that it isn't so harsh.....
Just try to steer clear of using direct flash b/c that always makes a picture look snapshot-ish and creates shadows and a bunch of other photography no-no's.
I think the best way to learn is to go outside, in open shade, not direct sunlight, that will also give you harsh shadows. Turn the flash off, and leave it off forever!! Unless you can bounce it off of something.
Also, try to get a pleasing background while you are outside. Always be aware, no cars in the background, etc...
You definately have a cute subject to work with, I am sure you will have lots of fun practicing!!
I would only add that if you want very specific feedback about how to improve your shots in terms of exposure at least, it's very worthwhile to note your aperature and shutter settings - and if you're using film the speed of the film, or the "film speed" you have your digital set at...