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  1. Amazing Thailand - Police Checkpoint is everywhere

    If someone appears 'rich' (driving a Camry would indicate that), then the low ranking police official will believe the person has contacts with higher ranking people. So will let them go. As for the military logo, police in general have to respect the army to a point, however, obviously more recently they have to show a great deal more respect. The reason is that members of the military can now target corrupt police. So a low ranking police official will generally not try to hassle a member of the military (or family member/friend driving the car) in the current political climate. However, I would not recommend putting up logos if you are not military. The police in my city are now requiring you phone the people you know to prove it as many people were starting to lie to get out of fines. I think many of these issues don't really come down to the Thai police force, more just the education system in the country and the class based systems that the society allows for (maybe why Thai men are targeted more than farang for urine tests). Back home it doesn't matter as much who you are or what you drive, you get stopped. But that is because we got rid of our class systems. Obviously there are good and bad apples within every police force though.
  2. Dog repeller devices. Do they work?

    Other than the ones that are at temples, schools, government offices and other public buildings where they get dumped as pups and fed left over lunches, it is almost impossible to tell if the dog is soi or just another dog that is allowed to roam all day. Both look like they have been neglected and are almost always carrying diseases and injuries due to the poor diets they're fed. I think out of the 1,000 people that live in my immediate village, maybe 1 or 2 out of every 10 houses bother to shut their gates (which includes Thai mixes, a Husky and a German Shepherd that are tied up all day but on occasions escape, a Fila pup, and what looks very much like a Dogue de Bordeaux which is roaming all day). Considering many Thai have the logic that a dog is a 'guard dog', I wonder what use it is if one, it is fearful beyond belief, and two, it isn't even there to begin with as it out mixing/mating with other disease carrying dogs all day.
  3. Dog repeller devices. Do they work?

    Immediate future of soi dogs I think will now start to include more naturally confident dog breeds (what we consider work or training is complete natural instinct for these dogs, even with a poor start to life). Pet ownership (in particular imports) is increasing in Thailand, as Thai dogs aren't considered effective enough anymore by many (mostly due to size). I feel these dogs will end up 'accidentally' mating with the local dogs and the puppies will end up soi dogs. For this reason I think the thread indirectly raises a good point, if the repellents and flashlights are ineffective, then what are the majority left with if dogs do become less fear, but more prey or defensive driven.
  4. Dog repeller devices. Do they work?

    Yes, the zone I can relate to. The same with my Caucasian, dogs will wait til she is not looking, run a good 20 metres barking and growling, only to stop 2 metres away as she has turned around by that point. Then run away with the tail between the legs. She has absolutely no dog aggression unless it is really called for (usually has to be 3-4 dogs charging us before she steps up) as she is still young and the breed will not attack cowards by nature. She even gets down to want to play with the attacking dog sometimes lol. But just the size is enough of a deterrent (50kg) to keep fearful Thai dogs a safe distance. Be careful though with your dogs, particularly where I live there has been big increases in Fila Brasileiros being sold. I too have one, but had experience with Maremmas and Caucasian before getting him. I know a lot of police who are actually breeding them lately to make a bit of extra cash. A lot of high ranking officials get given breeding pairs as gifts, and they pass the puppies down to their juniors for free who also find people to breed with. However, the problem is, Thai treat them as any other dog, so many yards may not be gated or fenced. The modern lines are quite dog aggressive, mine at 3 months already wants to control the vet waiting room (regardless of how big the other dogs are) - and of course all lines are stranger aggressive. A great walking partner in terms of keeping dogs away, but just make sure you are always aware of any new dogs that enter your neighborhood. Be careful for everyone really. I hate 'dangerous dog' laws, but some breeds really do need people who have half a brain in their heads. Seeing as the breed standard is that the dog must not be scared of a gun shot 1 metre away at the age of 12 months, then good luck with these devices working lol.
  5. Dog repeller devices. Do they work?

    Another factor is that the dogs have actually generally been brought up around and naturally socialised with sounds. For example, the stupid month where the village lets off fireworks every 5 minutes. The temple bangs that the dogs associate with feeding time. The loud shots every time someone dies. The loud music that people play sometimes. All things that are sounds, which is what these ultrasonic devices are, just a sound to the dog. A stick works in Thailand as the dog has unfortunately been beaten its whole life by the stick. That is the reason they attack people, bikes and cars once they have passed or are passing in the first place - out of pure fear. They will generally not attack if you walk, ride or drive head on (which is how confident dogs will fight). If any dogs attack head on then you are in trouble and only another dog will be able to deter them...not a device.
  6. Thailands low IQ score in schools

    Of course the majority of schools back home are at a much higher standard. So people here naturally have to be more careful in choosing a school. Many of the good schools will be the same standard of your average school back home (that most would be sending their kids too anyway). Obviously things like extra tutoring (especially critical thinking) is required as much of Thai is just read something, remember it and answer the questions. In terms of health, that is subjective to different people's circumstances. The doctor for my child is as good as any doctor I experienced back home in terms of her knowledge (took a few doctors to find her). She is a paediatric cardiologist, but treats each member of my family as a GP. For thoroughness and care, she is even better than back home. Has contacted radiologists in other cities to discuss results after she looked at the scans herself on her weekend, also is on call if we admit to any hospital to discuss both my child and my own case history with those doctors. She predominantly works in the private hospital, but anything more serious or costly she books us into the government hospital and meets us there as she knows it is free for our family. Speaks good English. In terms of child abuse. Well if the kid is taken care of both academically and health wise then I wonder what abuse there is. In terms of my kid (soon to be kids), even if they decide to move to Melbourne when they are adults, they will be heading there with a lot more money than if they had of grew up in Melbourne to begin with. So in terms of the new early life crisis that is hot in debate there with issues relating to housing costs etc, then I would say that would be a positive of them growing up here. Again, that and every factor really, comes down to different personal circumstances.
  7. Amazing Thailand - Police Checkpoint is everywhere

    And that is why people should always get the receipt if they have to pay. At least the majority of it goes back into something. Cant really blame the coppers setting up check points considering their shitty wages. Paying a decent police salary is considered one way to help prevent corruption. I am glad an actual Thai person has posted this image. I once posted it a few months ago and the TV members didn't believe it. Just goes to show how incredibly ignorant many on this forum are when it comes to different government processes.
  8. The issue, even if the parents do consent, is that the actual girl is not of an age of mental development to consent herself. We are not seriously exploring the positives or negatives of marrying a 14 year old are we? Are the moderators sleeping? Or does this fit into 'forum rules'.
  9. Medical Costs for Thai Nationals

    I think possibly the uncle had a private fund in their names already. My father in law has some private funds in some of the kids names who aren't covered. Siblings aren't covered by official rights so it's impossible for an uncle to cover anyone other than his own kids, wife and parents.
  10. Amazing Thailand - Police Checkpoint is everywhere

    Yes, some checkpoints are in incredibly stupid locations. I think one aspect of it is Thai seem to be more polite, due to the different structures of the community. The Mrs will generally be polite. but also say shes doing something work related or conveniently have her official ID on display and the conversation will generally be over (as complains made by other officials carry more weight). For Thai who are not officials, they immediately put themselves in a vulnerable position and allow themselves to be pushed around. I would find out the law re urine samples and just have it ready and your camera ready. Police here are rarely questioned, they usually back down when you do question them it seems. For me, I will initially be polite, but that politeness will go quiet quickly if they push me on a certain issue. I find fighting them to be beneficial in high traffic areas (in my incredibly small experience of being stopped and questioned), as they get annoyed losing so much money as other cars pass by so they just let you go. So I will ask for things like the photo or to see the speed gun displaying my speed. How can you fine me without any evidence? I don't actually know the law of evidence here, but you will see their eyes changing direction from you to all of the other cars driving past. Very rarely will a farang police officer let a young male off.
  11. Medical Costs for Thai Nationals

    It does only cover direct family members - husband/wife (until the official dies - including farang), kids (until 20 years old) and parents (until the official dies). Siblings are not covered. Father and brother in law both army. Uncles/cousins all police, teachers, nurses etc. Wife Public Health Director so the kids and I are covered. A fair chunk of my family get it, but only due to their immediate family members. For instance the sister in law doesn't get it even though everyone around her are officials as she is over 20, and hasn't passed the test herself yet. Although is about to marry a police officer. Not sure what happened in the original post re the uncle, maybe was some sort of private fund (which most officials have as well). But the private ones are usually more strict than the government one lol.
  12. Dog repeller devices. Do they work?

    A study was only discussed, not referenced so I am not sure how detailed it was, but the conversation stated this: 'Studies found that while creatures like mice and cockroaches hear this noise, they also soon learn to ignore it. And these devices tend to operate in a frequency range that is just as audible to dogs as it is to mice. It requires a smaller mechanism that is more expensive to make to hit the kinds of sounds a mouse would hear and a dog would not (60-80 kHz)'. So, according to the DAZER website, their product range is 25 kHz. So from what I gather, and like the website of the product state, obviously all it is is a sound to try and preoccupy the dog whilst you make an escape. The companies liken it to a smoke alarm (which is relatively easy to ignore as you try to stop it). Which probably goes with some peoples experiences of it working on 8/10 dogs. It seems it will work on the dogs that are not much of an issue anyway, but by no means I would be relying on it against the dogs that are actually a real threat. Not to mention once the batteries die off a little bit, once the distance gets too far, or once objects are in the middle of the dog and device, the sound becomes a lot quieter to the dog. We also must remember some dog breeds use ultrasounds in training, shepherd work and hunting as positive things or commands. Seems smaller dogs react, but larger dogs can tolerate it more from different things I read. Psychology today stated this: The most persistent myth about silent dog whistles (or their electronic equivalents which also produce the same ultrasonic high-frequency sounds) is that these sounds will make a dog stop barking, stop fighting, or terminate other ongoing annoying behaviors. Unfortunately the available scientific data fails to confirm these expectations unless the dog has been trained to associate these specific sounds with rewards or punishments. In some cases attempts to use a whistle have backfired because the sound it produces may be irritating or annoying for a dog and might actually provoke them to bark, howl, or act in an excited manner,
  13. Dog repeller devices. Do they work?

    From what I know all they are to a dog is just a sound. For it to be anything more than that then it would probably not be legal. So the dogs learn to deal with or ignore the sound - especially if it is the same dogs you will be using the sound against each day. Seeing as it is just a sound, then a very serious tone of voice would probably be just as or even more effective than the actual device. The device or a voice may work on the majority of fearful dogs like a taser noise will also. But confident dogs will not care less about it - so probably doesn't justify the costs. If a dog is serious enough to have a go (the majority of dogs are all show), like previous examples have indicated, I very much doubt a noise will make much of a difference. Best deterrent is a bamboo stick, just hitting it on the ground is enough for those dogs to turn the other way - as they have been beaten with the sticks all their lives so associate the stick with a fearful experience. I desensitise my dogs with bamboo sticks for this very reason. Again. more serious dogs, well not much can help other than if you are with another dog.
  14. Amazing Thailand - Police Checkpoint is everywhere

    Seems to be the case, just going to the next major city 90 minutes away you will be stopped 3-4 times. Living here, you soon get used to them and they just become another part of life. One advantage of them is they force people to slow down a little bit (especially the more permanent checkpoints). I guess back home the police are always on patrol looking for people, here they just do checkpoints so really the police bother you a lot less here (if you just drive around your local area). Never been stopped for a urine check. Would have been stopped easily over 100 times. It is now 3 times from memory I have been asked for money - didn't give money any of the times, but I was technically in the wrong all times (a warning would have sufficed 2 of the times). Many will see the farang and stop me, usually be very polite, just ask to see the license, say 'very good' and send me on my way. Others will wave me through if they are clearly targeting something else that day. I am targeted a lot more if I am driving a pick up as opposed to the wife's little car. A lot easier to get out of paying for fines here than back home, police seem to be more forgiving. Everyone will have different experiences of course, and things like age, car, attitude etc probably contribute to those experiences.
  15. Another thing with Hepatozoonosis is that it comes and goes (as many cases aren't cured). Things like fever, weight loss, no appetite, but also muscle pain and in particular weak back legs. Yep, I was incredibly naive when first moved here. First vet had my dog on antibiotics for a couple of months, spot treatment every week rather than every month, ivermectin and something else I cant remember to try and cure the puppy mange. The stresses of moving to a new country, new job, building new house, new baby all at the same time preoccupied my mind for those couple of months. Then finally it hit me, what am I doing. Just feed the dog a better diet and I researched a better drug my dad could send me from back home (Bravecto - before licensing here so my vet didn't have it). Cured it in a couple of weeks (microscope tested). So wasted thousands of baht and put all this shit into the dog for no reason which just suppressed her immune system. Stupid Will. Thailand certainly keeps us on our toes, but the positive is that it keeps our brains active. With the dogs and kid (soon to be kids) I am always in constant conversations with vets and doctors. Some of the conversations you have with some baby doctors here are more incredible than you have with the vets believe it or not. So important to find one good doctor and one good vet nearish to where you live.