They are not human, they do not have the ability to "reason," and they will not know why you have tied them to a post. They don't know what "time out" is either. They do seem to eventually grasp "cause and effect."
I bite owner - I get smacked in the shoulder and yelled at
I kick owner - I get a smack and yelled at
I nuzzle and am nice - I am loved back
Your "effect" must be immediate. They have a SHORT attention span. Think a 2 year old human.... things only stick for about 5 minutes the first 10 to 20 times so you may have to remind them, but they eventually "get it."