Thank you for sharing your dream with us. Please take everything that I share to the Holy Spirit as He Alone gives the accurate interpretation.
I would like to say that I’m impressed by you sharing your thoughts of interpretations of your dreams and providing how you came about them. Keep it up 🙂
I believe that your initial interpretation is accurate and the puppies represent future souls to be won or immature believers to be discipled in the context of your dream.
A demonic stronghold, perhaps a lie is attacking you and it may or not be related to your first dream. If so, it might pertain to feelings of inadequacy regarding your ability to minister to unbelievers or immature Christians.
May the Holy Spirit give you clarity.
On a side note, I’ve had two dreams about two years ago about puppies. From my recollection (and to summarize briefly although the dreams were lengthy), the first had to do with MULTIPLE puppies in a fridge and the second were puppies that appeared dead in some area. I believe both dreams suggest work to be done with a future spiritual harvest. As an example, you put something a fridge to prevent it from going back and extend its ability to be eaten in the “future” hence the reason I said I believe that the puppies in my dream refers to a future harvest or discipleship.
*I have prayed for Grace to be equipped for the work God is calling you to do with His harvest. Remember “…not by might or power but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts” (Zech 4:6). Lord of hosts, means Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Angel armies, meaning you can request for angelic assistance as well 🙂