Squeaky Dog Toy Review: Frisco Push to Mute Fetch Football Dog Toy
Maui absolutely loves toys! She will grab a toy and get the zoomies with it for about five minutes and then be tuckered out! It’s super cute to watch her run around, throw her toys around, and play tug-of-war.
We usually spend more time reviewing treats and toppers for you but lately, I decided we really need to branch out. Maui said she felt like she was missing out not having a chance to tell you about toys and other fun stuff!
Chewy.com gave us the chance to review a toy for you this month, so we jumped at the opportunity!
Maui happened to be hanging out in the living room watching a football game while I was looking at the selection of toys we had to choose from (no, she wasn’t really but it seemed like a good segue). In honor of the football game, we decided to go with the football-shaped squeaky dog toy by Frisco.
Push to Mute Fetch Squeaking Dog Toys
Frisco makes a line of dog toys that they call ‘push to mute’. These toys give you the option of changing the very same toy from a squeaky dog toy into a silent toy! If you’re anything like me, you can certainly see the benefit to that!
Each is available in two different color choices.
Push to Mute Feature
I bet you are all curious about the push to mute feature like I was!
It’s a pretty neat idea – a toy that can turn from a squeaky dog toy into a silent dog toy sounds like heaven!
Maui always seems to grab her loudest squeaky toys when my daughter and I are at the most intense, cliffhanger, dramatic, etc. part of a movie. Maui will literally lay right in front of the television squeaking that toy as fast as much as she can!
The mute feature is very easy to activate in the toy. The handle is attached to a rubber stopper piece that contains the squeaker. It fits tightly into a hole in the main piece of the toy. To turn the squeaky dog toy into a quiet one, just push that rubber stopper piece inside the main piece of the toy.
It’s that simple!
The handle will still be attached so you can still use it as a fetch or play toy; it just won’t squeak!
When you want to turn it back into a squeaky dog toy just pull that rubber piece out until it catches tightly in the hole of the toy. Voilà, you now have a squeaky dog toy once again!
Use it as a Fetch Toy
These toys are also designed to be a fetch toy.
The handle allows you to get a good grip on it and throw that toy even further for your dog!
Use it as a Chew Toy
The Push to Mute fetch toys are also advertised as chew toys.
They are made from a durable thermoplastic rubber that is intended for chewing.
Keep in mind though that no toy, and really I mean no toy, is absolutely indestructible so always keep an eye on your dog when they are chewing on anything.
Size and Breed Recommendations
The football squeaky toy measures about 10 ½ inches long (including the strap) and about 2 ½ or 3 inches wide.
Chewy.com recommends the Frisco football toy for small or medium breeds of dogs.
Our Review of the Frisco Push to Mute Fetch Squeaking Football Dog Toy
When I was looking over the selection of toys we were able to choose from, I picked the football because it was Sunday and football was on so it seemed an appropriate choice.
I admittedly did not notice the recommendation indicating the football squeaky toy was recommended for small or medium breed dogs.
This review will pretty much reiterate their recommendation as Maui made quick work of this toy.
Maui’s Overall Reaction
Maui is always super excited to get a new toy and this one was no exception! She grabbed it by the handle and pranced around the living room for a bit swinging it around before she settled in to start chewing on it.
I will go into a little more detail about how Maui preferred to use this toy but right now what I do want to say is that Maui absolutely loved this toy! I am pretty sure she would’ve enjoyed this toy for quite a long time, chewing on it and tossing it around … if I would have let her keep it.
Emma our new housemate is a Rat terrier and she had pretty much zero interest in this toy. I would hand it to her and she would sniff at it and just walk away. Maybe it was because she could tell Maui was so interested in it that she didn’t want to get in the way of that, I don’t know. But such is the way things are. Everything is not for everyone.
Maui’s Play Time the with the Frisco Football Toy
I was super excited about how much Maui absolutely loved this football toy! When I had to take it away from her she was very reluctant to give it up!
I truely had visions of being able to watch a movie without hearing a squeaky toy and actually being able to hear the movie.
Here is a video of Maui and her play style with this toy:
As a Squeaky Dog Toy
I initially gave the football toy to Maui as a squeaky toy — which she quickly learned how to squeak loudly and frequently! She couldn’t get enough of it!
She loved to grab the toy by the handle and shake it around back and forth or just settle in for good squeaking session.
As a Quiet Dog Toy
Maui loves her a good squeak toy so a quiet toy didn’t hold as much play interest for her. She still loved to grab the handle and shake it back and forth and use it for chewing, though!
As a Chew Toy
This was Maui’s favorite way to use the Frisco football toy.
No matter if I gave it to her as a squeak toy or a quiet toy she would settle in and start chewing on it as if it were a bone or a nylabone.
Issues with Maui and the Frisco Push to Mute Football Dog Toy
As I mentioned earlier, I had not noticed that this toy was recommended for small to medium breed dogs. Maui is a 60 pound Golden retriever so she fits into the large dog category.
I would not categorize Maui as a destructive dog. She very rarely destroys any of her toys, even the squeaky plush ones. If she does start getting into a plush toy it’s only because a small hole started to form and then she, of course, loves to pull out the stuffing.
I cannot say for certain if the issues I have with this toy are due to Maui just being too big of a dog for the toy or if they just are not designed and made all that well.
Perhaps these toys are better suited for a smaller dog, but this toy was not suited for Maui and I had to take it away from her after just a couple times of play.
Read on to find out why.
Issues with Push to Mute Feature
The push to mute feature works fine. You just push the rubber stopper that is attached to the handle into the toy. With that rubber stopper inside the toy, it is unable to squeak … unless you have a trickster like Maui.
As a non-squeaky toy, Maui still loved to shake it back and forth once in a while but mainly loved to chew on it. She would chew on the handle and the rubber as if it were a nylabone type of chew toy.
Her actions of shaking and chewing on the handle sometimes would pop the rubber stopper containing the squeaker back into place – making it yet again a squeaky dog toy!
Chewing on the rubber part of the toy would sometimes make the rubber stopper completely pop out of the toy so the handle was separated from the rubber piece of the toy.
Issues with It Being a Chew Toy
Once the handle and rubber stopper was completely out of the toy, the hole that the stopper fits into is completely exposed and open.
Maui absolutely obsessed on trying to chew the edges of the rubber around that open hole.
I would say it probably took her about two minutes to start getting little pieces of the rubber ripped off.
Again, Maui is not a voracious chewer. She would just hold it between her paws and grab the edge of the rubber with her front teeth and pull. She would continue to do this until she ripped pieces of rubber from the toy.
If you re-watch the video of Maui poted above, you can see some of the issues as well as how she played with this toy.
Our Overall Review of the Frisco Push to Mute Fetch Squeaking Football Dog Toy
Perhaps it would be a safe toy for smaller dogs to have, but for dogs similar to Maui it is not safe since she can chew off pieces of rubber so easily.
While I love the push to mute feature, it just doesn’t quite hold up to Maui’s ability to make it a squeaking toy on her own as well as pull the entire rubber squeaking stopper out of the toy.
Have you tried one of the Frisco squeaky dog toys?
What was your experience like?
We’d love to hear what you have to say so please leave us a comment below!
Chewy.com provided this toy to Maui free of charge in exchange for an honest review.