Travis Hicks is the owner and head trainer of Flatline K9, a dog training business located in
Southern Illinois. Flatline K9 offers training in the areas of obedience, behavior modification,
personal protection, working dogs, and hunting dogs. Travis has been in law enforcement for
close to 20 years and is currently employed as a Police K9 officer for the Cambria Police
Department along with his Dutch Shepherd Ryker.
Travis has also served more than twenty years working as an EMT-Paramedic. Being able to
blend his love for working dogs with his love for Emergency Care helped Travis to become
interested in Emergency Care for Working Dogs. Being from a rural area in Southern Illinois,
Travis saw a large gap in the emergency care available to working dogs. He has completed a
course in K9 Tactical Combat Casualty Care (K9TCCC) which was presented by the Veterinary
Tactical Group. Travis has since written a course in K9 Tactical Emergency Combat Care
(K9TECC). He has taught this course through a local training unit from his area as well as
teaching this course to both Police Dog handlers and trainers while he was attending Tarheel
Canine School for Dog Trainers.
Travis has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Mid-Continent
University, as well as numerous courses toward a Master of Science Degree in Workforce
Education and Development from Southern Illinois University. Travis has also completed the six
month master trainer course at Tarheel Canine School for Dog Trainers in Sanford North
CLASS: Environmental Emergencies and Poisonings
This course will cover environmental emergencies and poisonings based upon K9 TECC standards. Topics to be covered will include, but are not limited to, heat related illnesses, emergencies such as snake bites and poisonings due to drug ingestion. We will discuss signs and symptoms of each as well as ways to mitigate these emergencies until you can get your dog veterinary treatment.