I’m not nearly as small as you & I have the same problem with my girl. Dakota is a pretty large size girl – Last summer she jerked me so hard she tore my rotator cuff! Several pit owners recommended the gentle leader but we have only tried it a few times – she hates it! She does GREAT for off-leash walks – but those are very limited to specific locations & times. I am interested in hearing success stories on this as well!