On site the handler will need to carefully inspect the strike/shot site. The dog will be brought forward only when the handler has the clearest possible picture of what has happened. The handler may insist on waiting before tracking if the incident is very recent. Typical situations where a delay in tracking is recommended are with gut shots (a few hours), and broken limbs/jaws (a minimum of a few hours, 12 or more would not be excessive). Some will be concerned that a wounded animal might not be followed as soon as possible, but rest assured that it is often more humane to wait, sometimes for a few hours or overnight to lessen the chance of the animal still being mobile enough to evade recovery, thus prolonging its suffering. Well trained dogs are more than capable of following a track the next day.
It will help the handler if there are the minimum of people present. Any bystanders should keep well out of the way and stay off of the trail, the handler may need to bring the dog back to a confirmed section of the trail if the trail is lost.
Tracking dogs are usually worked on a leash and are trained to ignore game and other wildlife.
UKDTR trackers are discreet and will not criticise, their only interest is to help find the injured animal. No charge is made for tracking