SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) - Bringing an animal companion along to the workplace has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, but an unprepared pupper can quickly turn into a misbehaving pooch and that’s not good for anyone at the office.

If you’re planning on celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day, there are proper pet etiquette, or petiquette, rules you must follow.

You’ll want to make sure that your dog is socialized. If it’s not comfortable around strangers or other dogs, it may not be a good idea to hold it over at your job for eight hours.

Having your dog around isn’t an excuse for not getting any work done, either. Pack some chew toys or other fun items that your dog can amuse itself with rather than licking your leg and begging for a head scratch every 10 minutes.

Lastly, no one likes messy, or even worse, smelly coworkers, so you should never overlook your dog’s hygiene if you bring them to work. Give them a nice bath the night before for a nice, good dog smell. If you don’t have time, dog spritzers have become a popular deodorant. A dog bed or travel mat is also a great idea to keep your best friend’s hair from getting all over the place. They also give your dog a space it can make its own and it will know that that’s where you want it to stay.

Mutttropolis in Solana Beach is happy to help you prepare your dog for its big day. Muttropolis’ Christine Castellani joined News 8’s Nichelle Medina to talk more about the do’s and dont’s of bring your dog to the office.

Take Your Dog to Work Day started in 1999 as a way to celebrate pet companionship and to encourage pet adoption at local shelters.