12/15/2013 01:25 pm ET

Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe This Holiday Season

With the holiday season now in full-force, it's important to remember the health and safety of the four-legged creatures sitting underneath the dinner table.

The American Kennel Club compiled a list of easy tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays, as well as a staunch reminder that puppies don't make for good stocking stuffers. The group says the traditional holiday gift shouldn't include a family pet unless potential owners are ready for a lifetime commitment.

New puppies require a great deal of time and care during their first few weeks at home. If you are considering a new addition to the family, the AKC recommends wrapping up a leash or dog bowl and then taking adequate time to research the right dog for you.

Take a look at a list of some other holiday safety tips provided by the AKC below.



How To Keep Your Pet Safe This Holiday Season