At around six weeks old, Emerson, a stray dog, already experienced terrible things. He got dumped by his previous owner and was brought to an animal shelter. At the animal shelter, the volunteers who attended the dog found out that Emerson got infected with parvovirus. This explains why the dog often experiences seizures, which, later on, affected the dog’s hearing capability.
The dog eventually survived all these ordeals that came his way in his young life. But what spelled the difference is that Emerson found a loving dad and a new home when Nick Abbott decided to adopt him. Just like Emerson, Nick is also deaf.
According to Nick, he saw a Facebook post about the pooch. When he read the details about Emerson, Nick felt an instant connection with the pooch because they have the same disability. Nick knows that he would have a special bond with the pooch because of this.
When Nick was given the custody of the pooch, the man then brought the dog to his new home. The first thing that Nick did was to teach the pooch basic command. Although he understands that Emerson is deaf, Nick believes that this does not diminish the dog’s other capabilities.
This is why Nick firmly believes that Emerson is capable of understanding hand gestures. Everything was difficult during the start of the training, but Nick did not give up on the pooch. For him, the hand gestures would be their way of communicating with each other.
With Nick’s perseverance, Emerson learned basic commands. From then on, Nick developed a mechanism of how he would talk to the pooch, and that is through his hand gestures. Nick found out that even though Emerson is deaf, his other faculties are still functioning well. Nick used this as leverage for the pooch to learn different commands through hand gestures.
Credits to ABC News.