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!

They offer four toy shapes with the push to mute feature:

  • Football
  • Triceratops
  • T-rex
  • Dumbbell

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

Maui golden retriever Frisco push to mute squeaky dog toyThe 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

I can only review this toy based on Maui’s experience with it and based on this, I am unable to recommend this 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.






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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!


Lynne and Maui


Chewy.com provided this toy to Maui free of charge in exchange for an honest review.



  • free4life says:

    It looks like Maui loves the squeaky aspect a lot. I am sure that our border collie would love that part of the toy as well. As far as they common usability of the toy, it looks good enough, but I am sure that our dog would tear it to shreds pretty quickly. Unfortunately our border collie loves to play fetch and she has a pretty decent drool factor. So we don’t touch the ball, but use a throwing device for the ball. But Kate, that is her name, love that ball and will go until she falls over. 

    We have tried other indoor toys, but she always seems to want to go to the fetch mode, so we limit her indoor toys as such. All the ones we have tried, she loves the squeakers the most, but tears them apart rather quickly. So, I think that we would pass on the football. The ability to mute it is nice for us, although I am sure Kate would react much as Maui did and not enjoy it the same while it was muted. 

    Thank you so much for the great review and thorough info. 

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Frank, I’m glad you found the review helpful! It is important to have insight into what your dogs like and what works well in addition to what might look good in pictures but actually not work so well in real life. Sounds like Katie is a fun little dog with a lot of energy!

  • AnxietyPanda says:

    Naaauww, Maui is so beautiful <3 But, she sure destroyed that toy xD Definitely better suited for small or medium doggies, as you state in the article 🙂

    I think the idea of a mutable squeaky toy is ingenious! Where have this been all my life!It’s a pity that it is able to be destructed so quickly… Definitely a safety hazard that I hope the creators will look into and correct as the product idea is fantastic, in my humble opinion :)I appreciate the honest review about this toy. Real life experience is always a great help!

    • Lynne says:

      Hi, I love the idea of a mutable squeak toys as well! I agree- where have these been all of our lives! Nothing like being able to watch a movie and actually hear it instead of just hearing squeak toys! Hopefully they will be able to make versions that are more appropriate for dogs Maui size.

  • Daniel says:

    This is very informative and helpful article. I have two dogs and I think that this toy will help me a lot to calm them down a little because they are very unstable. I will order more because I see that durability is not so good but i like the design of a toy.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Daniel, This toy really does have a great design! If you give them a try please let us know how they work for your dog. I am super curious to know if other people experience the same issues we had or if the toy works out well for you!

  • Chrissie Spurgeon says:

    Maui is sooo lovely, so much like the Goldie that my daughter had, and who sadly died recently.

    Poppy loved toys too, and I think that she would have loved this toy, but I also think it would not have lasted long for her either!

    Do Frisco make similar toys which they recommend for larger dogs? I think that the “squeak to mute” facility would appeal to very many owners, so I hope that they do! If so, I would really like to get one for my other daughter’s dog, Frank, who is slightly smaller but extremely active with toys!

    It is really helpful to find a website which ruthfully recommends the best dog toys.

    Very many thanks.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Chrissy, So awesome that you are back visiting us! So sorry to hear about your daughter’s golden. Currently I did not see any toys by Frisco with the push to new feature for large dogs but hopefully they are in the works! Frisco has a lot of toys and some of them to look sturdy enough for larger dogs. Thinking of giving one of the other Frisco dog toys a try. If you give one a try, please let us know!

  • Jake says:

    Great article.

    Finding good toys for our dogs is very hard. They either do not like the toys at all or they can easily destroy them.

    Fabric toys, my wife’s dog will eat fabric stuffing and all.

    The durable “Kong” toys none of our dogs have ever liked.

    The best toy that we have come up with is card board rolls. My wife owns a Vinyl branding business. She started giving the empty rolls to the dogs and they love them. They will chew them to pieces and are not threatening to digestive issues like the fabric, strings, and stuffing as the stuffed animals would be.

    Draw back is they make a big mess.

    Our one dog, Rosa Lee, expects her toys to have a squeaker. She will chew on the toy until she can kill the squeaker.

    Great article.

    If they can come up with a way to make it more durable this might be one of the best toys on the market. I love the turn off feature.

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Jake, Your dogs sound awesome! I can imagine those cardboard roles to make quite a mess around the house! Every once in a while I tease Maui with a paper towel roll and she will snatch it from me and rip it up to shreds. This toy does have some great features and I wish it were just more durable, as you say, so dogs of Maui’s size can use it safely. Thank you so much for visiting and hope you stop back again!

  • Dale says:

    I love the no squeak option.  Not sure I have seen that anywhere else.  Personally however our dog was never allowed a rubber chew toy.  He was an 80 pound chocolate lab and loved his toys.

    Even the small raw hides never stood a chance against him.  As for the big ones, we would be lucky if they lasted a day.

    Maybe it would be okay for the smaller dogs.  I did however enjoy the review and enjoyed the pics and video.

    Once again thank you.


    • Lynne says:

      Hi Dale, yes it seems like the bigger dogs like the retrievers just are too big for this toy. We also have a rat terrier who is about 20 pounds and if she were interested, this could be a good toy for her. Glad you enjoyed the review, pictures, and video! 🙂 Thank you.

  • Chad says:

    This is a really good idea to have a mutable squeek toy! It always seems to start off as a good idea to have something that makes noise but then it seems to get on your nerves later.

    Looks like they need to make this one a little bit more robust if it is to stand up to a bigger breed of dog. I had a lab once that would chew the big rawhide bones in one day, so this type of toy would not last long either.

    Maybe better suited for the smaller breeds, and the strap is a good idea to be able to play with them better. Thanks for the review!

    • Lynne says:

      Hi Chad, Yeah, I think this one is better suited for a smaller breed dog. I think then it might be a suitable toy! You can see in her video how she was chewing on the strap like it was a rawhide bone! No matter how tough a fabric is he can’t stand up to that too long, either. Thanks for stopping by!

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