Human Benefits of Participating in Agility

Agility is a rapidly growing recreation within the United States for dog owners. Agility is a dog sport that requires human handlers to guide their dog through an obstacle course. The goal in completing the course is to be the fastest team while collecting the least number of faults. There is a niche community built around the sport that ranges from avid competitors to hobbyist handlers that participate. Research in the sport of agility has primarily focused on the dogs that compete. This original research previously found that dogs gain many benefits from participating in the sport. One of the benefits for dogs is the improvement in their overall health. Since the agility is a team sport between dogs and humans, one has to assume if previous research has confirmed that the dogs in the teams receives health benefits then the human handlers must receive some benefits as well since they participate in completing the course with the dog. Research in this field of questioning the benefits of participating for the handlers only began in the early 2000’s, but is quickly expanding. This new research has presented strong evidence into the benefits in health for human handlers. These benefits in health for human handlers for participating in agility can be examined within the three different categories: physical, mental, and emotional.

10 Things I Have Learned In College

College is an interesting time. You learn things all the time. Somethings are expected. Others are not. In the end, all you can do is grow, and learn. We are not experts of life quite yet, but maybe you can learn a little from me. Here are the 10 things I have learned so far in college. 

World Literature: Discovering The World of Books

Literature is  the stories created or told by authors. The authors bring the readers into their world and ask us questions about our existence that we would otherwise would not ask. They create beloved characters that became icons. So it comes as no surprise to me that for my philosophy credit at The University of Texas at Dallas, I was able to take Introduction to World Literature. 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Doing More Than Policy Action

October is domestic violence awareness month. Recently the podcast at my university, PEP Talk, covered a local organization that assist those that are affected by domestic violence. They talked about how in the year 1994 that efforts were made to help prevent violence against women. Funding was made available and nonprofits were able to expand their operations. However, many still face the crisis of domestic violence. Examples of this crisis can be found in the Me Too movement that spread across the world.

My Favorite Course This Semester: The Economic Development of Latin America

As a college student, I can attest to loving some college courses and not loving others. However, this past semester I had one of my favorite course since the start of my college career. The course was based on the political and economic development in Latin America because this region of world despite its vast resources, the region still lacks economic and cultural prosperities.

Historically, Latin America was colonized by several European countries that sent resources and goods back to their countries without compensation to natives. This put the region in a disadvantage when it came to early economic power after revolution from their colonial masters because their resources were still in the control of the colonials via land grants or money for the goods that did receive payment vs. the native who worked the land. Those that held the power on the resources took advantage of these infant governments and made the governing to their advantage despite the cut ties to their European ancestors. This continued the viscous cycle of the average population not receiving benefits of more open trading and economic opportunities in the world. A cycle which still is in effect today.