The more trust and confidence you build the more birds you will find.
You can sense a bird dog that has spent time on the ground hunting wild birds in different upland conditions. New experiences and past will round out any bird dog and you are right there to watch the show. A pointing dog should hunt independently, and you need to trust that your dog will find and hold birds. Proper training and conditioning are essential in allowing your pointing dog to command the field.
I train and hunt pointing dogs to be independent from the start and will build on this over time i.e. experiences and instincts are the nature of a bird dog, trust your dog and have some faith. The more time you spend hunting, the more ‘Product of Experiences’ you will cherish.