A Central Queensland University (CQU) researcher says dingoes may be more similar to other wild dogs like wolves, than domestic dogs.

Dr Bradley Smith is working with wild dog specialists in the United States.

Dr Smith has also spent the past few days at a sanctuary in Victoria as part of the project.

He says the research could lead to new strategies for managing dingo colonies, like the one on Fraser Island off south-east Queensland.

Dr Smith says the research is focusing on the socialisation phase of development and how that influences behaviour.

"What a lot of my research ... has been showing that dingoes are a lot more like a wolf than a dog, so we need to treat dingoes when we're looking at management like we would a wolf."

"What we think will work is if we get strategies and management practices that have worked with wolves and other wild canines before and apply them to dingoes, then we should be able to manage them a lot better than we are at the moment."

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