My owner learned that three are three golden rules for a human owner to make sure that he or she is the alpha dog in the house, not the dog.
Rule 1: Never let the dog walk out of the door ahead of the owner.
Rule 2: Never let the dog eat before the owner.
Rule 3: Never let the dog win when playing tug-a-war.
Personally, I have no problems with these rules. I do my "shiba dance" when they come home, and I bring them a gift to welcome them. I never walk out of the door ahead of them (except when I try to sneak out), and I always wait for them to eat first. I figure, what the heck, they do provide me food afterall. If they think they are the alpha dogs, let them. We all know that at the end, I, Kura the Shiba Inu, am the alpha dog because I have trained my owners to rub my back and scratch my ears whenever I ask them to.