Shasta is allowed to play with smaller dogs. She's very good with smaller dogs and puppies. She'll lay down and just play with them. She really likes mirroring and they play bow and all kinds of things. It does however depend on the dog though. When Shasta was about your pups age, she was very rough and did like to paw, like yours seemed to try. She's learned to tone it down though. its also in the training too. If she's never allowed to play with smaller dogs, she's not likely to learn how to behave properly with them. Its really all about supervision IMO.
Shasta GSD 5/5/10 CGC, ITD, TC
"Dax" Thor z vom Weberhaus BCAT CAX2 CGCA ETD HCT NCO-1 PKD-T RATI RATN RA TC TKA 3/18/2013
"Hades" Guilty vom Blutfeuer 10/26/2018
Zena GSD 6/1/03-2/16/2016
Riley GSD/BC 1/10/05-2/1/2013