Chris Mason, CNWI

Chris Mason is a Certified Nose Work Instructor with the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). She has been training her own dogs since 1989 (obedience, agility, flyball, show ring), and training and competing K9 Nose Work® dogs since 2008. Chris and her dog GoGo are the first K9 Nose Work® team with a Bull Terrier to achieve the Elite Level in K9 Nose Work® competition.

Chris was a professional horse trainer and riding instructor for over 30 years, instructing and competing in equestrian sports and teaching people how to better understand their animals. She started riding at age 5 and competed in show jumping and dressage through her 20s. After moving to the east coast she ran a combined training competition barn in Maryland and finished her career specializing in dressage. In 2000, Chris retired from equestrian sport and moved back to her home state of California.

Chris volunteered as a zoo keeper for several years at the Los Angeles Zoo, where she worked with birds, rhinoceroses, elephants, tapirs, and various other exotic animals.

The only thing she loves more than working with animals is teaching people to work with animals.

Chris lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, and two Bull Terriers.